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     Phase I Research Network:
      Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning

This project has now completed. Major outputs include:



Prof Jean Rudduck (Homerton College, University of Cambridge)
Dr Madeleine Arnot (University of Cambridge)
Dr Michael Fielding (University of Sussex)
Prof John MacBeath (University of Cambridge)
Prof Donald McIntyre (University of Cambridge)
Prof Kate Myers (Homerton College, University of Cambridge)
Dr Diane Reay (Kings College London)
Ms Julia Flutter (Homerton College, University of Cambridge) - linked Career Development Associate


Initial Project Summary

From an early age young people are capable of insightful and constructive analysis of their experiences of learning in school and they have a contribution to make to the development of strategies for improving learning and raising achievement.

The Network sought to open up, with teachers, new dimensions of classroom practice where they think pupil perspectives can make a difference, and to disseminate good practice. A Network membership of interested teachers and researchers was built up.

There were five core research initiatives:

  • Identifying manageable strategies for consulting pupils and evaluating the outcomes.
  • Understanding how teachers respond to and use pupil perspectives to improve teaching and learning in different subjects.
  • Involving pupils as researchers in ways that help them to manage learning more effectively.
  • Exploring with different groups of pupils how the social conditions of the classroom affect their participation and identities as learners.
  • Building a commitment to pupil perspectives and participation into the organisation of the school.

A sixth initiative was supporting schools directly, through small grants, in developing innovative ways of using pupil perspectives to enhance engagement and progress.

A linked Career Development Associate, Julia Flutter, was analysing the growth of interest in pupil voice and examining the different constructions of childhood and youth it represents. This study was integrated with the Network but was also building a coherent analysis of the growth of interest in 'pupil voice' by charting and explaining its development in recent years in the UK and elsewhere.


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