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Tuning into children’s voices: Exploring the perceptions of primary aged children about their education in one primary school in England

Glazzard, Jonathan (2012) Tuning into children’s voices: Exploring the perceptions of primary aged children about their education in one primary school in England. International Journal of Education, 4 (3). pp. 49-66. ISSN 1948-5476

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Abstract

This small scale study examined children’s views about their education in one primary school in England. The research took place in a large primary school, situated in an area of relative social deprivation in a northern town. A focus group was used to elicit the views of children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) about their teachers, the curriculum, assessment and school inspection. Although the findings cannot be generalised, pupils had mixed views about reading, writing and mathematics. However, they were unanimous in their dislike of science. The data also indicate that pupils felt that the processes of testing and school inspection both served important purposes and that external validation of the school’s performance was necessary. This study provides a springboard for further research into pupils’ perspectives of their primary education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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Depositing User: Jonathan Glazzard
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 15:34
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 10:12
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/14687

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