Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment investigates aspects of how schools and colleges organise, deliver and assess their educational programmes. This group seeks to enhance our understandings of practical, methodological and theoretical issues in education, aiming to influence current educational debates through research-based contributions. It focuses on the work of those based in schools and school communities, as well as on the experiences and outcomes for the learner.

Recent research projects linked to this research group are:

  • Developing Collaborative Approaches towards Securing Proficiency in Calculation Project, funded by National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) (£8k); Jane McNeill and Graham Butt (2013)
  • Continuing Professional Development and Research in Primary and Secondary School Science, funded by Astra Zeneca (£150K); Deb McGregor and Helen Wilson (2013 -)
  • Thinking, Doing, Talking Science, funded by Education Endowment Fund and Science Oxford (£310K); Helen Wilson (2013 -)

The Primary Science Teaching Trust Hub is a major focus for the Curriculum, Pedagogy and assessment Research group.

This Hub, one of only seven in the UK, is focused on the promotion and development of:

  1. Creativity and how it helps support learning in (KS 1, 2 and 3) science classrooms
  2. The nature and development of high quality thinking (teachers and pupils) in science education

It is intended that the PSTT hub at Oxford Brookes University will become a beacon of creative excellence for science education. The intention is to work with teachers to develop and promote imaginative approaches to teaching and learning in science that improve pupil engagement and attainment. This will include findings from funded projects developed by Wilson and Mant (2004) and McGregor (2010, 2011, 2012) as well as others available on the PSTT CPD website. Take a look at an example of some of the materials available through the drama in science work.

The hub will focus on different kinds of creative learning activities that prepare children to become better scientific thinkers. It is anticipated that this will inform and contribute to national and international debates about the nature of high quality teaching and learning in primary and early secondary science.

Academic staff with related research interests