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How do teachers communicate to students about forthcoming GCSE exams?: An observational study

Wilkinson, H, Putwain, DW and Mallaburn, A How do teachers communicate to students about forthcoming GCSE exams?: An observational study. The Psychology of Education Review. ISSN 1463-9807 (Accepted)

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Abstract

High-stakes exams, such as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), have significant consequences for students and educators, which affects how teachers communicate to students about these exams. This study aimed to explore communications about exams, in the classroom. Observations were conducted within 30 lessons in a secondary school in the North West of England. Thematic analysis of the data produced 4 higher order themes: Instructional practices, Grade point, Direction of message, and Efficacy appeals. The analysis suggests that teachers may use communications about exams for a variety of different purposes, including: motivating students to revise for their exams, controlling in-class behaviour, and providing guidance to students about preparing for their exams.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Education
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2020 09:36
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 09:36
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12854

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