ERIC Number: ED390171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Putting 5-14 in Place: An Overview of the Methods and Findings of the Evaluation 1991-1995. Interchange No. 35.
The 5-14 Development Programme was a major reform encompassing the whole of the curriculum, assessment, national testing and reporting for students aged 5 to 14 years in Scotland. Between 1989 and 1993 national guidelines were developed for five curricular areas--English language, mathematics, environmental studies, expressive arts, and religious/moral education--and for personal and social development, reporting, assessment and national testing. This document describes findings of an evaluation of the 5-14 Development Programme. The evaluation involved four projects that were coordinated by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE). The evaluation was formative, longitudinal, and collaborative. Data were gathered from a questionnaire of about 120 secondary schools and 200 primary schools, and from site visits at 15 and 25 of the secondary and primary schools, respectively. Findings indicate that over time, teachers expressed increasing satisfaction as they became more comfortable with the 5-14 guidelines. Factors that inhibited the implementation process were time and resources. School staff made successful efforts to ensure that their programs matched the curricular guidelines. Implementation of the guidelines for English and mathematics instruction was initially time-consuming. As yet, the evaluation data give no clear evidence of the extent to which continuity and progression at the level of individual pupils were being achieved. (LMI)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Mathematics Instruction, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
SCRE, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Office Education Dept., Edinburgh. Research and Intelligence Unit.
Note: For the primary school implementation, Interchange No. 36, see EA 027 281; for the secondary school implementation, Interchange No. 37, see EA 027 282.