Monday, March 4, 2013

Research questions - revised

I put some effort in improving the research questions. The problem is that I have still a long way to go. There is more time needed to get concrete questions that are usable.

the structure of the research is different now. You can see that in the following picture
In here there are several elements (placement policy on the one side, grade retention and switching levels as a consequence of the ''wrong'' way students are placed on the other side, and underachieving: sometimes as a consequence of the previous elements).

The student' school career isn't a part anymore. The elements of students I will look at are: if, and when, students switch levels, or repeat a year (or both). Students aren't looked at on the individual level in this research. The goal is to overtake the (maybe) general background reason for switching levels and grade retention.

Answers of the types students that are grade retentioners or who switch levels, I will hopefully receive from interviews with department leaders, who have insight in the statistics of student' school careers. I'm really interested in what they have to say about the subject!

Something different I like to share is about the foundation I voluntary work for: the City Learning Center Enschede (only Dutch). This foundation has come forth from a like-minded view about problems in the education sector, focused on the use of technical devices. The problem is that different suppliers develop tools for the education sector, that teachers can't use at all (by getting poor information, or just because it isn't what teachers need). We organize seminars about subjects related to technical devices such as social media and the use of tablets in education. I mentioned my research about this topic in the board meeting today. They think this research is very interesting for the CLC Enschede, because it gives insight in what way education can be improved.

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