ICT and its assessment at 16: an enquiry into the perceptions of year 11 students

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Bradshaw, PR (2011)
  • Publisher: Nottingham Trent University

This study, conducted between 2006 and 2011, enquired into student perceptions of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and its assessment at aged 16. The prevailing orthodoxies amongst writers, commentators and educationalists are that the subject does not reflect the learning and use made by young people of technology. The voice of the learner, so often lauded in aspects of school democracy and in formative assessment, has not been heard in respect of the high-stakes assessment at the end of Key Stage (KS) 4 in schools in England. This research was a step in filling that void. Taking an interpretive phenomenological approach three phases of empirical data collection were used each building on the previous ones. To bring the student perception and voice to the fore a repertory grid analysis was initially used to elicit constructs of learning and assessment directly from the students. This was followed by a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews across a sample of state-funded schools in England. The use of a multiple-phase data collection allowed phenomena to be distilled with successively more depth at each phase.
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    Methods: Design of instruments and initial interpretations ....... 105 Phase 1: Repertory grid and construct elicitation.......................................... 107 Phase 2: The questionnaire .............................................................................. 122 Phase 3: The semi-structured interviews ........................................................ 143 Isolation of phenomena ..................................................................................... 152 The relevance of ICT to students .................................................. 159 Relevance of ICT and the empirical study....................................................... 160

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