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#1 JennyHat

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:53 PM

I have a Preconceptions assignment for my PGCE course, basically i have to conduct a study on what history students at KS3/4 have preconcieved ideas on, the most common is castles, eg they draw a Disney castle instead of a traditional Motte and Bailey castle. However everyone seems to be doing Catsles as it fits perfectly with the schemes of work at the moment. It can be any year and any topic between now and feb!!any ideas would be very grateful!!

#2 Ed Waller

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 10:43 PM

I have a Preconceptions assignment for my PGCE course, basically i have to conduct a study on what history students at KS3/4 have preconcieved ideas on, the most common is castles, eg they draw a Disney castle instead of a traditional Motte and Bailey castle. However everyone seems to be doing Catsles as it fits perfectly with the schemes of work at the moment. It can be any year and any topic between now and feb!!any ideas would be very grateful!!

You'd probably get a good deal of consensus on things like Nazism etc., and divergence on such things as Victorian women. Not sure what your essay title is, of course, but accounting for these differences (including in terms of accuracy) could prove fruitful.
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#3 Richard Smart

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 11:27 PM

What about...

Robin Hood (disney and BBC obfuscation!)
King Arthur (Bloody disney again)
Columbus
Hitler
World War II
Knights (in shining armor)
Pocahontas (Disney crap again again).
D-Day (That video game and Saving Privates)

Over here it would be...

Columbus
MLK
JFK
and other US Heroes ;)

Think of any topic that has a recent popular movie, or video game about it and you should find the kids full of preconceptions...

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 04:20 PM

pearl harbour!
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#5 Richard Smart

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 04:39 PM

I used your Medieval assignment with my AP students this week... they loved drawing their castles and it led to a great discussion. I showed them a clip from the Holy Grail too...

Great idea!
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#6 Emma Norcliffe

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:41 AM

Many moons ago when I did something similar for my PGCE I did it on preconceptions of sources and how they are utilized by students. For example, pupils think secondary sources are less useful than primary sources etc. They don't see the historical value in what a source doesn't tell you as opposed to what it does tell you. I think I also looked at the differences in how pupils perceived the usefulness of pictorial sources. Preconceptions of sources is such a wonderfully generic topic I reckon you could make it fit any period of time.

Hope that helps.

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#7 JennyHat

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:45 PM

Thank you for your help, i decided to do knights - just got to write my essay now!!

#8 Joel Thorpe

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 03:51 PM

You could always quote a la "1066 and all that". The whole conception of good/bad rulers always causes me to titter and also illustrates that there is nowt new in our beautiful subject.

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#9 Chris Garratt

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:26 PM

Thank you for your help, i decided to do knights - just got to write my essay now!!



Hi Jenny - stick your resources on the historyshareforum with a little explanation - it was a good lesson!!
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#10 JennyHat

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:42 PM

Thank you for your help, i decided to do knights - just got to write my essay now!!



Hi Jenny - stick your resources on the historyshareforum with a little explanation - it was a good lesson!!



Its on there now!take a look!

#11 Joel Thorpe

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 02:42 PM

Thank you for your help, i decided to do knights - just got to write my essay now!!



Hi Jenny - stick your resources on the historyshareforum with a little explanation - it was a good lesson!!



Its on there now!take a look!



Excellent it is too. Looks like you are going to make a good teacher to me!

Thanks for the stuff!!

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