Research

Research Aim 1

To raise attainment in level 2 students by developing an effective mastery model of intervention which fosters a positive mind-set by increasing learner confidence.

We have developed a series of aims and objectives that you may want to get involved with. You can get involved with as many as you feel would be useful.

Research

Aim : To look at setting short term targets for student to investigate if this impacts on the students’ mind-set
Objective Actions Required
To analyse to what degree experiencing some mathematical success through short term goal setting improves mind-set and confidence in level 2 maths’ students.
  • Students to be identified for who there are barriers to learning involving low self-esteem or fixed mind set
  • Targets to be set for students identified (10-20) which are reviewed monthly
  • Targets can include “soft targets” but positive praise for target completion to be encouraged
  • An initial survey (which will be provided) to be taken by identified students and retaken termly in order to assess progress
  • Teacher reflections/observations on student attitude changes to be gathered
  • Information gathered to be shared with Tameside College so that effectiveness of objective can be analysed
  • Any conclusions will be shared with partner network
Aim : To review how Mind-set training and CPD for the teachers and the resulting initiatives tried, impacts on the motivation of the class
Objective Actions Required
To analyse how teacher intervention in the form of mind-set/mastery CPD impacts on their ability to improve motivation and success in their classes.
  • Teachers to commit to reflecting fortnightly (or more) on how initiatives have worked for them in their classes. That reflection can take several forms but as a suggestion reflective journals
  • Student feedback to be gathered on how those initiatives have impacted upon the students
  • Teachers to commit to attending CPD (remotely, in person or asynchronously) on Mind-set/Mastery organised by Tameside College and to feedback on how useful/effective they found it both at the time and following any implementation in the classroom
  • Feedback and data to be shared with partners in the form of case studies, blogs, reflective journals and student surveys following CPD and its implementation in class
Aim : To review how Covid has impacted on Maths teaching in the classroom / online
Objective Actions Required
To understand how Covid has impacted upon the learning environment and how the implementation of a Covid safe environment has created or removed barriers to learning.
  • Teachers to commit to completing at least one termly survey (retrospectively) on at least one student group. Survey to be provided by Tameside College and partners
  • Teachers to commit to completing at least one termly survey (retrospectively) reflecting on their own experiences during this time. This can be in the form of Reflective Journal, blog or similar. Survey to be provided by Tameside College and partners
  • If appropriate, a case study would be a useful tool to further our research
Aim : To share good practice across the network and disseminate any emerging findings from the research
Objective Actions Required
To share the new understandings and best practice emerging from the project.
  • Teachers to commit to attending at least one good practice meeting per term (maximum of two meetings per term)
  • Meetings to cover: What we have done, What is emerging and general good practice
  • Option to form part of a research group comprising of network partners and appropriate Tameside teachers to review emerging themes and shape research direction / modifications