Teacher Choices Cognitive Science

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The Teacher Choices projects, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), aim to find out how everyday choices made by teachers in the classroom are implemented and how they affect pupil outcomes. This Teacher Choices study focuses on the application of Cognitive Science in the classroom, specifically how teachers use worked examples and exploring the most effective approaches. 

Before a research trial on the use of worked examples is commissioned by the EEF, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is carrying out a scoping study to explore the feasibility of a trial. The scoping study will aim to better understand which approaches to using worked examples would be tested during a trial and how to design a trial which works well for teachers.

What does the scoping study involve for schools?

NFER is carrying out consultations with the leaders of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), school subject leaders and Key Stage 3 teachers to explore the questions associated with carrying out a trial on the use of worked examples. Implementation (e.g. the extent to which teachers want to use these approaches and whether they already do in practice) as well as methodological questions (e.g. would teachers be willing to be assigned a specific approach to use during a trial) will be investigated.    

Teacher Tapp will also be hosting a short survey for subject teachers.

How will the findings be used?

The findings from the scoping study will be used to inform whether a full trial, testing the impact of different approaches to using worked examples, is feasible. The findings will also inform the research design of a future trial.

Data protection

For information about what personal data will be collected during the scoping study please read the privacy notice, which is available here.