Beyond retention: Meaningful assessment in social science

Nambiar, Jayashree (2008) Beyond retention: Meaningful assessment in social science. Learning Curve (15). pp. 116-110.

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The weakness in the teaching of social science in school lies in assessment. The assessments today often are an evaluation of the student’s ability to retain and recall information - names and dates, given characteristics of a period, causes of an event, incidents in the event itself and the results of an event all of which have been listed in the textbook. In this article I will explore what we need to assess in social science and how we need to do it using the teaching-learning of history. I choose history because I am familiar with it. I choose it also because the teaching and learning of history seems to have little to do with the practical and the everyday.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Nambiar, Jayashree
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Foundation Publications
Full Text Status: Public
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