Managing historical primary and secondary sources : a study of the efficacy of a teaching handbook prepared for first-year Vista University students

Watson, Kelvin Innes (1992) Managing historical primary and secondary sources : a study of the efficacy of a teaching handbook prepared for first-year Vista University students. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study examines the teaching of primary and secondary sources in history at secondary and tertiary level. The various methods used to teach these aspects of the nature of history are compared to the Vista University teaching model. To establish the effectiveness of the vista Block A module for HIS100 students, two test instruments were devised to assess their skills in handling primary and secondary sources. Their skills in identifying relevant points from a passage of historical prose were also tested. A number of statistical techniques were applied to the data from the test instruments. This data was analysed in qualitative and quantitative terms. The results of this analysis suggested that students would probably benefit from a skills-orientated approach to studying history. On the basis of this study, it is recommended that the existing Vista teaching model be revised or amended so that a more effective method of teaching students about the nature of historical sources can be introduced.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:History, South Africa
Subjects:D World History and History of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc > DT Africa > South Africa
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:4180
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:07 Dec 2012 05:57
Last Modified:07 Dec 2012 05:57
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