Developing a method and data gathering instruments to investigate learning progression in a National Curriculum

Published: 17 February 2021

UGEAN members David Morrison-Love and Kara Makara are carrying out this project.

UGEAN members David Morrison-Love and Kara Makara are carrying out this project. 

The project is funded by the Carnegie Trust, Research Incentive Grant RIG009335. This project addresses the problem of limited evidence about the substantive nature of pupils' learning as they progress through national curricula areas with specified progression steps, and the factors affecting this learning. We will develop a new methodological approach, set of data-gathering instruments, and guiding principles for adaptation, using a combination of methodologies and teacher expertise, to investigate learning progression where no prototypical method currently exists.

The project is guided by the following objectives:

  1. Develop a method for gathering high quality and longitudinal evidence of pupils’ learning progression to be gathered as they move through different areas of a national curriculum.
  2. Develop a set of associated data gathering instruments that elicit data/evidence from teachers, pupils and learning activities in Mathematics, Humanities and Science & Technology. This data should be of a form that allows a composite representation of learning progression to be constructed in a more extensive study commencing in the future.
  3. Piloting of data gathering instruments with pupils, teachers and learning activities in selected curricular areas.

First published: 17 February 2021