Object 1: IGCSE History Textbook

May 26, 2021

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Figure 1- IGCSE History Textbook

My first object is a ‘Complete 20th Century History for Cambridge IGCSE’ Textbook published on 10 March 2016 aimed at students in high school.

The textbook covers the events of the 20th century and prepares students for their IGCSE examinations. This book is used by teachers around the world as the main source of knowledge to teach their students. It provides a guide for revision and exam advice from an experienced examine aligned to the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus for the final examination.

This object enriches this exhibition because since it is produced by what is considered a reliable source “Oxford University Press”, students don’t question the accuracy of the knowledge communicated through the textbook and therefore are likely to accept the knowledge. However, if the knowledge in the book was presented in the form of an article it would be approached sceptically.

Another link to how the context in which knowledge is presented influence whether it is accepted or rejected is by who it is presented. In this case, the book will be presented by a teacher which naturally convinces us to trust the knowledge. Teachers have a reputation for being ‘right’ therefore students accept the knowledge communicated by them. For example,

when students are taught about the Cold War in school they don’t approach it with uncertainty as they trust their teacher and the knowledge they have in that area. Ultimately students believe the knowledge teachers present and accept it.

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