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Published on July 22, 2008

Author: lpatterson

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An overview of my individual research plan to date.
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Title: Personal Learning Space or Digital Portfolio? Research Question How does reflection of work help students improve their learning? Does an online portfolio enable a better quality of student self reflection? Does an online portfolio enable a class to create a greater understanding and hence better learning? Who are the study participants A total of 40 students drawn equally from two classes in Year 7 and 8 at my school. How are they selected Students will be of equal gender and nationality to match the current enrolment ratio of the school. Students will be randomly selected from these ‘pools’ within the school to ensure that there is an equal representation. Students should also have a range of abilities as per their CAT scores.

Title: Personal Learning Space or Digital Portfolio?

Research Question

How does reflection of work help students improve their learning?

Does an online portfolio enable a better quality of student self reflection?

Does an online portfolio enable a class to create a greater understanding and hence better learning?

Who are the study participants

A total of 40 students drawn equally from two classes in Year 7 and 8 at my school.

How are they selected

Students will be of equal gender and nationality to match the current enrolment ratio of the school. Students will be randomly selected from these ‘pools’ within the school to ensure that there is an equal representation. Students should also have a range of abilities as per their CAT scores.

Why is this an important topic to study? This will build on the existing work into independent learning, thinking skills and assessment for learning. However what the research would hope to do is to extend our understanding of student views on how the online nature of a digital portfolio engages their interest and depth of understanding. Much of the research into this area has also been conducted at a primary level – or limited to one subject area at the secondary level. This group of students will be across subject areas. This is an area of education growth and open to much debate at the moment. It was the focus of the recent BLC conference in Boston by Alan November and garnered much interest at NECC (San Antonio) when I presented the work of my students.

Why is this an important topic to study?

This will build on the existing work into independent learning, thinking skills and assessment for learning. However what the research would hope to do is to extend our understanding of student views on how the online nature of a digital portfolio engages their interest and depth of understanding.

Much of the research into this area has also been conducted at a primary level – or limited to one subject area at the secondary level. This group of students will be across subject areas.

This is an area of education growth and open to much debate at the moment. It was the focus of the recent BLC conference in Boston by Alan November and garnered much interest at NECC (San Antonio) when I presented the work of my students.

How will data be collected and analyzed? This will be a Case Study. The data from the students will be collected using interviews and ‘reflection templates’ (Wall, 2006). The interviews will be recorded and key items raised in the interviews will be cataloged and cross referenced. The time period for this case study will be approximately 6 months – the rationale for this is that students will need to have time to develop and refine their technical skills in developing their portfolios before the focus will be on the learning. This is a core component of the Year 7 and 8 ICT subject. The data from the interviews will also be cross referenced with CAT scores for each student. I would also like to look at interviewing the teachers of these students to get their impressions on the level of understanding that students are demonstrating in their portfolios.

How will data be collected and analyzed?

This will be a Case Study. The data from the students will be collected using interviews and ‘reflection templates’ (Wall, 2006). The interviews will be recorded and key items raised in the interviews will be cataloged and cross referenced.

The time period for this case study will be approximately 6 months – the rationale for this is that students will need to have time to develop and refine their technical skills in developing their portfolios before the focus will be on the learning. This is a core component of the Year 7 and 8 ICT subject.

The data from the interviews will also be cross referenced with CAT scores for each student.

I would also like to look at interviewing the teachers of these students to get their impressions on the level of understanding that students are demonstrating in their portfolios.

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