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Yesterday and Today

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HAW, Simon. A systematic method for dealing with source-based questions. Y&T [online]. 2016, n.15, pp.103-115. ISSN 2309-9003.

This article is intended to help both learners and teachers get to grip with the source material used in examination and tests by providing a systematic way in which to analyse them for such factors as usefulness, reliability and validity. The various factors inherent in source analysis are arranged into a table, called the source matrix. To help learners and teachers further two examples are given of how the matrix could be used to analyse the source material provided. While such detailed analysis will never be required in tests and examination, it should nevertheless prevent the sort of meaningless answers which currently appear in many tests and examinations.

Keywords : Sources; Analysis; Usefulness; Reliability; Provenance; Validity; Bias; Typicality; Relevance.

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