Proceedings of The 3rd World Conference on Education and Teaching
The Discrepancy Between the Content Delivered in the Classroom and Expected Content in the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination Appreciation of English Literary Texts paper with reference to the Essay Type Questions; an Exploratory Study with Special Emphasis on the 2020 G.C.E. Ordinary Level Paper
Amarasinghage Jenith Yasara Fonseka
This research was carried out as an exploratory study, to find out the content discrepancy in terms of what the students were delivered with, in the classroom and what they had to produce at the General Certificate of Examination Ordinary Level examination in the subject of Appreciation of English Literary Texts, commonly known as English Literature, in the essay type questions in the 2020 paper. The research was done in the mixed paradigm blending both qualitative and quantitative paradigms, using questionnaire as the data gathering tool, as the research directly dealt with school children. Although 100 responses were targeted by the researcher, only 70 could be received. Hence the sample became 70 students who sat for the aforementioned subject at the 2020 Ordinary Level examination, held in 2021 March owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. The results portrayed in pie charts revealed that there is a discrepancy in content to a greater extent, implying that a very negative consequence is dawned on the students if nothing is done to curb the aforesaid content discrepancy as it is students who are affected the most by this discrepancy. In addition to students this research also brings in immense benefits to teachers and other stakeholders involved in the focused area, making this research both unique and significant, as it is the first research of this sort to be carried out, pertaining to Appreciation of English Literary Texts, both in Sri Lanka and in the world, as per the information found by the researcher in the literature review stage.
keywords: Content Discrepancy, Appreciation of English Literary Texts paper, Ordinary Level examination, 2020.