Diploma – DSE History Examination Format
The examination formats contained in this document are for the 29 examinable subjects studied at the Diploma in Secondary Education (DSE) level. They were prepared as a response to the change of curriculum from that of two tiers system, where DSE students were studying one year at the teacher education college and another year in the field. In the 2009 revised curriculum, the content has been improved to suit the one tier system, which is two years duration in the college.
Furthermore, the formats have taken into account the paradigm shift from content based to competence-based instruction and assessment made in the 2005 Secondary School curriculum. The formats were designed to be used from May, 2011 Diploma in Secondary Education Examination (DSEE).
DSE History Necta Examination Format
The revision of this History Examination Format is based on the recently improved and modified Diploma in Secondary Education syllabus of 2009. In the new DSE syllabus, two topics have been included. The topics are Neo Colonialism and the Question of Underdevelopment in the Third World Countries and the rise of socialism. The omitted topic is Africa in the World affairs.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will generally assess the extent to which the candidates:
2.1 understand African development, challenges and efforts made to overcome them so that they contribute to the solution of current problems.
2.2 conduct historical research so that they may develop objectivity in historical interpretation in teaching and learning of History.
2.3 apply basic skills of empathy, reflection, critical thinking, reasoning, judgment, guidance and counselling to enhance the teaching and learning of History.
2.4 apply appropriate skills in the selection of teaching and learning materials and making improvisation of teaching and learning materials.
2.5 apply appropriate participatory methods, techniques and strategies in teaching and learning History at ordinary level.
2.6 analyse ordinary level History syllabus.
3.0 SPECIFIC COMPETENCES
The examination will assess the candidate’s ability to:
3.1 master historical knowledge and ability to organize the teaching and learning of History.
3.2 select, make, improvise and apply appropriate teaching and learning materials and methods, techniques and strategies in teaching and learning History.
3.3 apply basic skills of critical thinking, reasoning, empathy, reflection, guidance and counselling in teaching and learning History.
3.4 understand the relationship between Africans developmental problems and foreign intrusion, colonial domination, cultural subjugation and economic exploitation before and after colonial rule.
3.5 use historical knowledge and skills in solving socio-political and economic problems facing the school and the community as a whole.
3.6 show positive attitude in teaching and learning History and ability to raise learners’ interests.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be one examination paper for this subject. The paper will consist of sections A, B and C. Section A will test both academic and pedagogic contents. Section B will test academic content. Section C will test pedagogic content. The paper will contain a total of eighteen (18) questions. Candidates will be required to answer fourteen (14) questions. The duration of the paper will be three (3) hours.
4.1 Section A will consist of ten (10) short answer questions from both academic and pedagogic contents. Candidates will be required to answer all questions in this section. The section will carry thirty (30) marks.
4.2 Section B will consist of four (4) essay questions from academic content. Candidates will be required to answer two (2) questions from this section. The section will carry thirty (30) marks.
4.3 Section C will consist of four (4) essay questions from pedagogic content. Candidates will be required to answer two (2) questions from this section. The section will carry forty (40) marks.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENT
In setting the examination, the following topics will be considered:
5.1 Academic Content
5.1.1 Pre-colonial social formation in Africa
5.1.2 Establishment of colonialism in Africa
5.1.3 The colonial economy in Africa
5.1.4 Nationalism and the struggle for independence
5.1.5 Political and economic development since independence
5.1.6 The rise of socialism
5.1.7 Neo-Colonialism and the question of underdevelopment in the Third World Countries
5.2 Pedagogic Content
5.2.1 Principles of teaching
5.2.2 Analysis of History teaching and learning materials
5.2.3 Preparation for teaching and learning of History
5.2.4 Teaching and learning subject of the content
5.2.5 Assessment and evaluation