Consulting Pupils: What's In It for Schools? (What's in It by Julia Flutter

By Julia Flutter

Consulting students considers the capability merits and implications of speaking to scholars approximately educating and studying in class, exploring its impression at assorted degrees. Key matters integrated are: * the significance of enticing younger inexperienced persons in a targeted discussion approximately studying* the position of student session in aiding faculties to enhance new instructions for development* the broader implications of scholar session and participation in instructing the rules of citizenship and democracy. via examples of scholar session projects in fundamental and secondary colleges, the authors reveal how an time table for switch in line with students' views on instructing and studying can be utilized to enhance school room perform. a part of the what is In It For colleges series aimed at making academic coverage concerns correct to practitioners, this publication could be a worthy source for practitioners, scholars and researchers attracted to exploring students' views on instructing and studying.

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Teachers met with these students on a regular basis to discuss their progress and attainment and the mentoring process was then monitored by the research group during the two-year period. At the outset of the project the pupils were also interviewed individually by researcher Nick Brown, to find out about their views of 42 Consulting Pupils target setting and to gather baseline data on their attitudes to learning in Year 10 and on the school as a learning environment. Feedback from these initial interviews provided some valuable information on the school’s target-setting practice and gave teachers a much clearer idea of the kind of support that pupils found helpful in improving their levels of attainment.

He wanted to see whether working collaboratively in this way would help pupils to develop a clearer understanding of the quality of their writing – a necessary requirement for attaining Level 3 in writing – rather than concentrating only on the presentational and technical aspects of writing as they had done previously. John videotaped the target group’s collaborative activity sessions and some extracts from these recordings were then shown to the whole class as a prompt for group discussions. This was an important facet of the research process, as John explains: The actual process of involving children in gathering and analysing data about how they are learning from each other is one in which the children are encouraged to talk about their own learning and continue to develop their understanding of the subject matter.

1996: 65) Avril has presented her findings to other members of staff and her experiences in working on this project have encouraged the school to continue developing the approach. Within the context of a small school, it is somewhat easier for innovative ideas to be communicated to the whole staff and for these ideas to take root. Such teacher-led, classroom-based investigations can provide important insights for teachers about how their pupils learn most effectively. Consulting pupils: principles and approaches 41 Profile 6: Rivington and Blackrod High School – developing effective target setting (ESRC/TLRP Project, Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning) About the school Rivington and Blackrod High School occupies two sites in Rivington, Lancashire – a pleasant, rural area not far from the industrial town of Bolton.

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