History and Governments:What is the importance of Collateral Readings in the teaching and learning process?


3b i). Discuss the importance of Collateral Readings.

Collateral Readings

The textbook should always be supplemented with collateral readings, which
contain useful and relevant information on contemporary history.Collateral
materials include journals, newspapers, magazines, reviews, periodicals and
other similar written texts. These may be used side by side with textbooks
Occasionally these readings may be the major source of information.

The importance of collateral materials

  • Collateral readings are useful in history teaching and learning because
    they offer valuable and up-to-date information. This is especially the
    case with newspapers and the weekly/monthly magazines. The recency
    of the information makes teaching more real and applicable to the
    students’ environment.
  • They are available in the open market in a wide variety hence one can
    get a better balanced view of issues discussed in various sources.
    Occasionally they offer very detailed information otherwise not available
    in ordinary textbooks. e.g. during anniversaries, newspapers may outline achievements of given organizations in various fields. Newspapers have been found to be very useful during national days in highlighting the nation’s development. They have information on concepts  like trade, interdependence, neo-colonialism, urbanization, structural  adjustment and development.
  • They are flexible in their use e.g. magazines and newspapers can be clues
    into relevant pieces to illustrate or to convey a message. That they can be’
    used whole on a wide range of topics

They help in the development of:

  1. reporting information accurately and systematically:
  2. comparing information from different sources to arrive at a
    reasonable conclusion:
  3.  suggestions on local problems like land clashes, judiciary
    national unity, civil wars and environmental issues

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