History and Government: Which principles ought to be followed in the making of a proper syllabus?

CHAPTER FOUR

4a vi). Which principles ought to be followed in the making of a proper syllabus?

Apart from the above qualities, a good syllabus should be based on these principles:

  • Appropriateness: It should be appropriate for the age and ability of the learner for which it is intended. It has to start with immediate locality moving from known to unknown or less familiar.
  • Relevancy: The subject matter, objectives, methods, resources advocated for should be such that they make it possible for the teacher to achieve the purpose for which history is taught.
  • Nature of learners historical thinking which is slow and less advanced than thinking in general, reflecting the difficult of the subject. For instance before the age of 16 development of concrete thinking is correspondingly retarded in children learning history, They are only able to conceptualise historical events and their implications when they are above 16 years old,

 

 

 

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