Teaching Method of History Preferred by Students and Its Justifications
Teaching method is an essential element in stimulating the interest in students subsequently their achievement in a subject, especially for the subject of History that is, for a long time, considered as a boring subject. The objective of this study is to identify the method of preference for pre-university students, particularly those who take the History subject and the reasons that motivate the students to be interested in the method. This study uses a qualitative design that combines the two main methods of interviewing and observation. The sampling was intended to be used in this study. The sample of the study consisted of four students who took the History subject at the Malaysian High School Certificate (STPM) level in the district of Kota Kinabalu. The findings of this study can be seen from the main theme of the study which is the method that interest the students and the justification of selection of the method among them. Overall, the findings show that there exist diversity of methods that students are interested in, namely the presentation method, questionnaire session, Gallery Walk and debate. Furthermore, being able to inculcate new skills, increasing motivation, interest and improving students’ achievement are the justifications given by students to the selection of methods among students. As such, teachers play an important role in selecting the teaching methods that are appropriate to the needs of students throughout the teaching and learning process to ensure the objective of teaching and learning can be achieved.