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ERIC Number: EJ950044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Consulting Pupils about Classroom Teaching and Learning: Policy, Practice and Response in One School
Morgan, Bethan
Research Papers in Education, v26 n4 p445-467 2011
This article reports on an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) doctoral study which investigated how teachers consulted pupils about teaching and learning in classrooms. Interest in consulting pupils has increased over the last decade; existing research suggests pupils have valuable perspectives on teaching and learning which teachers can usefully draw upon to inform thinking and planning. However, little research investigates the process and impact of consultation by teachers in their classrooms. This study sought further understanding in this area by exploring the consultation practices and responses of four teachers with Year 8 classes in a school with a history of consulting pupils. How would teachers consult pupils within the complexities and constraints of their "normal" teaching routines and responsibilities? Qualitative case studies of two science and two English teachers were carried out over one academic year. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews (with teachers, pupils and school management), document analysis and lesson observation. Data analysis was guided by a systematic inductive approach aided by QSR NVivo. The article focuses on selected findings of the study related to how teachers were able to consult and respond to their pupils in varying degrees depending on contextual factors. It concludes by suggesting issues to be reviewed by school management and policy-makers if significant benefit is to be realised from teachers consulting pupils on classroom teaching and learning. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)