The be-all and end-all of teaching : Nova Scotia's provincial examinations in history, 1893-1972

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dc.contributor.advisor Perry, George D.
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Fisher, Bruce Hubert
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:27Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:27Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.other D16.4 C2 F57 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22632
dc.description iv, 142 leaves ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 127-130).
dc.description.abstract Provincial examinations were administered to secondary history students in Nova Scotia from 1893 until 1972. This study investigates the history examination system and demonstrates how it circumscribed history education. Documents from the provincial examination era reveal an examination system that imposed a straitjacket on the learning and teaching of history. Provincial history examinations demanded little more than the memorization, and recall, of textbook content. In addition to providing content, textbooks also shaped and organized history courses. The comments of examiners, and the observations of educational officials, make it clear that history courses conformed to the textbook content and organization demanded by history examinations. The provincial examination system handcuffed secondary history teachers and students, limiting their function and defining a history education that made memorization and recall paramount. The implications of such an examination system are important to seriously consider before a return to another era of external assessment for secondary history students in Nova Scotia.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc D16.4.C2
dc.subject.lcsh History -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Examinations -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh History -- Examinations
dc.title The be-all and end-all of teaching : Nova Scotia's provincial examinations in history, 1893-1972
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Education
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Faculty of Education
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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