n Educare - History in danger - a fresh look at the task of the history teacher in South African public schools

Volume 32, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-8829
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In view of the fact that the majority of learners terminate their study of history at the end of the General Education and Training phase (Grade 9), active steps should be taken by history teachers to prevent it facing extinction in public schools. It is no longer sufficient justification to say, for example, that some learners enjoy history or that teachers are now using a variety of methods on a scale never seen before. There is a need for an adequate and effective promotional strategy to sell history in public schools which will not only convince adult sceptics, whether inside or outside the staffroom, but also give learners at the end of the General Education and Training phase (Grade 9) reasons to consider studying history in the Further Education and Training phase (Grades 10 to 12). To sell the subject effectively in a highly competitive curricular marketplace requires the history teacher of the 21st century to be a publicist and salesperson. This article is intended as a practical guide to give both trainee and in-service history teachers the stimulus, support and materials to sell their subject successfully in the curricular marketplace and to encourage and inspire more learners, especially Grades 10, 11 and 12 learners, to participate in history study.

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