Research and development project (Final year)

The focus of the final research and development project is chosen by the student to reflect their own needs or interests and those of the context in which they work.

The project must involve the implementation and evaluation of some kind of teaching innovation in the student’s own context (which may be their own classroom, or within the school and its local community, or even across a network of schools). The project must include a collaborative dimension which means that students need either to engage their colleagues (e.g. teachers, teaching assistants) or other stakeholders (e.g. parents) in the school-based research work, or to develop ways of sharing their findings that encourage others to engage in further development work.

As part of the work for their research and development project all students will be expected to contribute to an annual conference held for course participants presenting ideas about effective research instruments and strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching innovations they introduced.

Projects completed by students include:

  • Getting all International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Teachers involved in the theory of knowledge course: Action research in a South East Asia IB school
  • Boys and Geography: An inquiry into student-led learning as a strategy for increasing engagement at GCSE.
  • Perceptions of learners and classroom practitioners on the value of physical education as an ‘academic’ subject in a grammar school.
  • History and change: How to help pupils write effectively about the concept of continuity and change in history.
  • Tackling underachievement in Y12 Biology; how can teachers influence pupil motivation?
  • Developing mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills – an investigation into strategies to develop students’ mathematics in a Year 7 mixed ability class.
  • “I would like support from school when it comes to doing extra to get into one of the top universities”  How do high achieving history students respond to University preparation classes?
  • Supporting pupil premium attainment in science exams.
  • Is summative assessment in science the tail that wags the teaching and learning body?  Can assessment for learning offer a way forward?
  • Challenging conceptions of boys as reluctant readers: an investigation into boys’ reading preferences and how they might be developed to improve boys’ achievement in English.
  • A virtual writing community: An investigation into the Internet’s potential to engage girls in writing outside of the classroom.
  • What roles do funds of knowledge and learning dispositions have in the development of primary pupils’ writing?
  • Identity Development in the Secondary School: adolescents as ‘selves’ as well as ‘learners’.
  • Formative assessment: an ICT intervention to improve students’ motivation to learn away from the classroom.
  • Investigating ways of preventing students’ anxiety during spontaneous Target Language use in the MFL classroom.

Please see the MLT Poster Gallery for a sample of posters designed by the students to present their projects.

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