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Evaluation of the project. Annamari Ylonen (Evaluation Officer). Aims of evaluation. Evaluation will focus on assessing these project aims: Aim to enhance the achievement of pupils identified with MLD at KS3 (academic, cognitive, motivational and well-being aspects)

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Evaluation of the project

Annamari Ylonen (Evaluation Officer)

aims of evaluation
Aims of evaluation
  • Evaluation will focus on assessing these project aims:
    • Aim to enhance the achievement of pupils identified with MLD at KS3 (academic, cognitive, motivational and well-being aspects)
    • Aim to enhance the professional development of participating teachers
    • Aim to enhance curriculum and pedagogic development and self-development capacity in participating classes and schools
  • A separate, but interlinked aim is to:
    • Evaluate the usefulness of the MLD category

Identification of pupils with MLD:

- Recorded in annual census last January; using the Government descriptor of MLD

- Pupils at School Action Plus or with Statements, where MLD was main area of SEN

pupil level evaluation
Pupil level evaluation
  • All case pupils will be assessed twice during Phase 1 and once after Phase 1 (baseline assessment and assessment after intervention):
  • British Ability Scales – verbal/non-verbal cognitive ability (matrices, word similarities, reading, spelling test)
  • MALS (Myself-as-Learner-Scale) – self-concept as a learner
  • Resiliency scales – coping in adversity. Personal attributes to assess e.g. optimism, adaptability, sense of trust and comfort with others
  • Attitudes to class and school survey
  • In addition:
  • Attainment assessment by teachers
  • Pupil behaviour in class survey filled in by teachers
  • Pupil interviews by the evaluation team
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Teacher level evaluation
  • Focus on evaluating the impact of Lesson Study on participating teachers (e.g. opinions of teachers about LS and how it affects teaching & learning; professional development)
  • Focus on the impact of LS on pupils as assessed by teachers
  • How?
  • Continuous assessment by teachers themselves throughout the project (e.g. records, notes, video recordings)
  • Assessment by the evaluation staff by using surveys (e.g. an online survey tool, Survey-Monkey) and interviews
  • Assessment after LS has been introduced – focus on changes
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Class/School level evaluation
  • Impact of Lesson Study on participating classes:
    • Teaching, classroom practices – impact on class cohesion, class dynamics, pupil-pupil relationships, teacher-pupil relationships, inclusion, behaviour...
  • Impact of Lesson Study on participating schools:
    • Organisation of SEN, general atmosphere, ethos, work ethic, changes, e.g. a shift into a more ‘inclusive school’?
  • How?
  • Assessment by teachers themselves throughout the project (e.g. as part of the Lesson Study method)
  • Assessment by the evaluation staff by using surveys and interviews
  • Observations by the evaluation team of classes and LS teams
  • Assessmentafter intervention – focus on changes
in conclusion

In conclusion

  • The evaluation of the Lesson Study and MLD project will be ongoing for the duration of the project
  • Evaluation is an important part of the project as it aims to assess whether the overall project aims have been met
  • Outcomes of evaluation will be used to:
    • Raise awareness about MLD and its definition and use (e.g. as a SEN category, needs of pupils, impact on pupils/teachers/schools)
    • Raise awareness of the Lesson Study Methodology both nationally and internationally
school visits

School visits

The project website:

http://www.lessonstudymld.org.uk

http://elac.ex.ac.uk/lessonstudymld/index.php

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