Investigating Pedagogical Methods in Raising Levels of Attainment & Engagement in EAL Sixth Form Students

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Laura Howard is a Social Science teacher in a secondary school in outer London, and carried out this research in 2013. This research focuses upon assessing and examining how different teaching methods can raise levels of engagement and motivation among year 12 students studying psychology, who have English as an additional language (EAL). A wide range of teaching methods were tried and tested, and evaluated for levels of both engagement and attainment, with reference to students’ responses using a range of research methods. The research also focuses upon the impact of using independent learning projects to allow students to become more critical and independent thinkers. Careful consideration and discussion upon constraints within the curriculum and exam focus within key stage 5 is also mentioned, as there are often many complexities when helping to students to develop a wider range of skills after taking compulsory examinations.


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