Triple Science Case Study: Using Student Voice
From the Triple Science Support Programme, this case study illustrates how a school has used student questionnaires and focus groups to help develop a better understanding of student perceptions towards triple science, with the aim of raising the quality of teaching and learning.
The case study includes some background information about Thurston Community College (Suffolk), how questionnaires were used with current and previous triple science students, followed by focus groups, and the impact on staff in their own research and professional development.
Key learning points for others are identified and include:
• the benefit of using someone from outside the department to carry out the questionnaires and focus group interviews,
• the use of audio recording of the focus groups sessions, and
• that groups of four to six were seen as manageable and allowed students to voice their thoughts.
This resource has been included in this collection for teachers’ use, however it may contain some information, particularly relating to Government policy, which is now out of date.
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