All entries for Sunday 28 October 2012
October 28, 2012
Dear head teacher
I am a teacher working in a primary school in England and seeking to make contact with primary schools in other countries in order to carry out a small piece of research.
I am currently undertaking a Master's degree in Educational Assessment (MAEA) at Warwick University. I am gathering information for a dissertation centred on the experiences and views of stakeholders (teachers and pupils) on science assessment.
I have already carried out a smaller piece of research on this subject, based in the school where I work, with interesting results. I used questionnaires and interviews to survey views of the majority of our pupils (n = > 300), staff and parents. I would now like to obtain some international perspective and would like to find out the views of pupils and teachers in schools around the world.
School participation would be through a short online questionnaire (15 - 20 min), which the subjects could complete anonymously. Interviews, if any schools are interested, would be by agreement and could take place through email, wiki sites, phone or web-conferencing tools. Participants would be guaranteed confidentiality and anonymity at this end. The pupil questionnaire is quick, child-friendly and non-threatening in nature and the subsequent use of the data would be benign. No personal data would be obtained or stored and I have prior ethical approval from my university according to BERA (British Educational Research Association) guidelines.
I would ideally be looking for responses from as many pupils aged between 8 and 12 as possible and at least 5 teachers from each school, but any number would be welcome.
Some of the questions I am seeking to answer are:
What types of assessment (if any) are carried out in primary science in schools in different countries
What are the views of stakeholders on assessing children's science learning and or skills up to the age of 12?
How do these compare across different countries?
Do these relate to national policies?
How would pupils like to be assessed and what methods do they think would best show their science ability?
What use is made, if any, of technology in assessment?
How would teachers most like to assess children's science ability?
A summary of results would be available on request to all participating schools.
I would aim to collect data between September 2012 and June 2013.
Are you in a position to help and would you be interested in participating or allowing some of your pupils and staff to take part in this survey? If so, I would be very grateful and delighted to send you the links to the online version. I also have a printable version for participants who do not have Internet access. My email address is:
I look forward to hearing from you.