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Developing school practice in preparing students for high-stake examinations in English and Mathematics

Flintcroft, D, Woods, K and Putwain, DW (2017) Developing school practice in preparing students for high-stake examinations in English and Mathematics. Educational and Child Psychology, 34 (3). pp. 7-19. ISSN 0267-1611

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Abstract

The Aims: The present research aims to allow teachers to utilize feedback from their students to reflect upon their current and future practice in preparing students for high stakes examinations.
Method: This study engaged teachers of pupils aged 11 to 16 years old (high school) as participants, affording the opportunity to reflect on their current practice in light of feedback from their students. The research was carried out as a single embedded case study within a secondary school, progressing through 3 phases: initial focus group of six English and Mathematic teachers teaching high stake examination programmes to students age 14-16; interviews with 10 students selected from the teachers’ classes; follow-up focus group with teachers.
Findings: The research found that students preferred motivation intentioned language which provided personalised and individualised advice. The research found a link between what students perceived to be motivational and the changes that teachers were able to envisage for future practice, indicating that teachers were able to learn from their students.
Limitations: The limitations of the study are the small sample size and focus on English and Maths lessons.
Conclusions: Teachers were able to reflect upon their own practice in light of student feedback and from this were able consider positive teacher and whole school behavioural changes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Deborah Flitcroft, Kevin Woods & David Putwain, Developing school practice in preparing students for high-stake examinations in English and Mathematics. Educational & Child Psychology available at: https://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/educational-and-child-psychology/educational-child-psychology-vol-34-no-3-september-2017-emergent-topics-in-educational-psychology.html
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 10:20
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 10:20
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8957

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