The purpose of ‘pulling together’ our thoughts on the possible uses of history magazines in history education.
Although a key part of the baseline project is to ascertain the views of practising history teachers about the current and possible uses of history magazines, as interested parties, we are not without our own ideas about these issues, and it might be helpful to ‘pull together’ these ideas so that they are shared by all the participants in the project, and so they might helpfully inform activities and the design of materials for the project. These points might also form a useful list for comparison at the end of the project, to see which of the ideas have been realised, and to what extent, and to see if people’s views have changed over the course of the project (and to see if new points emerge which were not evident at this point).
The following list of points is a summary of the nine responses which were received.
a) Some of the reasons why respondents thought that it would be ‘a good thing’ if popular history magazines were more extensively used in history education: