The person who teaches History as a subject must find new ways to make it interesting as it is about events and people whose actions, good or bad, have affected us.
VARIOUS approaches and methods that are brief yet effective, have been used to deliver the idea of transformation to the public.
The aim is to make society more knowledgeable, appreciative and capable of translating transformation according to their own field, expertise, capability and ability.
When rural folk talk about transformation, it means that they have been exposed and know what transformation is all about.
The size, form and approach become the debatable points, not the question of whether transformation is needed or not.
Everyone has a role to play in national transformation depending very much on their ability which is an important point.
The education fraternity should be aware of national transformation, especially educational transformation.
For educators involved in teaching History, transformation in the subject must be known, appreciated and then implemented.
As generally known, the transformation of national education has empowered the position of History from being a core subject to a subject that must be passed at SPM from 2013.
At the same time, the Education Ministry continues to document History as a core subject in the KSSR (Standard for Primary Schools Curriculum) from 2014.
At present, History is taught as one element of Kajian Sejarah Tempatan or KST (Local History Studies) in primary schools.
This means that all students who sit the SPM from 2013 must pass History as the subject is compulsory.
Learning History is seen as boring, dry and rigid, because learning about the dead requires transformation.
Transformation in History requires teachers to play the role of transformers.
They should have the ability to change the approach, method and strategy, and instructional techniques in order to attract students to the subject.
Students are eagerly waiting to find out the type of approach, method, techniques and strategies the teacher will apply in teaching and learning. Will they have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions this time?
Transformation in teaching and learning of History requires teachers to give space and opportunity to students to voice their opinions and expose their talents as novice historians.
When interest takes the top spot, excellence will follow. This is the transformative education which is not tied down by examination and syllabus that must be finished. Examinations are not the measure of excellence of a student.
by Dr. Siti Hawa Abdullah.