Published: 20 December 2011 at 13:22
Anglia Ruskin-based thinktank’s new history course aims to stretch students
The Better History Forum is preparing to launch a pilot GCSE course which will demand greater historical knowledge from students and will avoid the sort of ‘cheating’ by examiners that has recently been highlighted in the press.
The Better History Forum, a thinktank of history teachers and lecturers and based at Anglia Ruskin University, has developed ‘Twentieth Century Histories’ which will cover a much wider range of topics than current GCSE courses.
Dr Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin and Director of the Better History Forum, said:
Stretching from the First World War to 9/11, ‘Twentieth Century Histories’ will involve two exam papers and a coursework exercise. The new course, which will draw on a large online archive of historical documents and sources, will give students more credit for the more history they know and test students’ ability to argue, reason and explain from proper historical evidence.
Students will spend the first year of the course gaining a comprehensive overview of the history of the twentieth century, including the World Wars, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the development of modern Britain. In the second half they will study the major political ideologies of the period and the growth of emerging nations.
The course builds upon the Better History Forum’s proposals for a major overhaul of National Curriculum history, to give a much fuller picture of the long-term history of Britain.
Dr Sean Lang added:
The Better History Forum will be presenting the proposals at its conference at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on Saturday 28 January. Full details of the conference are available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Any teachers interested in being involved in the pilot GCSE should email email@example.com