Research Methodology   

A number of research methodologies will be used in this study.

Content analysis on the implementation logs

Teachers who participate in this project are requested to keep an implementation log throughout the academic year. A proforma for the implementation log will be provided to all participating teachers and the coordinating teacher in each case study school (4 schools altogether) to record critical incidents/issues that arise as well as important decisions/modifications made during the process of implementation. This will serve as a very important source of data about the change process as well as the difficulties and challenges encountered.

Collaborative design of pedagogical patterns

In this project, teachers will act as co-designers of learning activities and resources. The research team will work collaboratively with the participating school teachers to provide expert advice on appropriate curriculum designs (which includes both the pedagogical design and assessment instruments) that teachers need in their teaching of the respective subject disciplines. Each school will conduct four cycles of pedagogical design within the project period.

Observations of classroom practice/field work and collection of samples of student work

In order to get an overall picture of the implementation of the pedagogical designs in the case study schools and how the e-Learning platform and activities are used to support the strategic goals for curriculum and pedagogical development in the schools, lesson observations of learning in classroom and/or other settings will be conducted where possible and appropriate. Field notes will be taken during class observation to record the pertinent events. Samples of students’ work will be collected, mostly through the online learning platform, to understanding student learning processes and outcome.

Teacher and student focus group interviews

Teachers play a crucial role in the design and facilitation of the learning activities. Semi-structured teacher focus group interviews will be conducted in order to solicit their views and reflections on whether there are problems and issues related to the appropriateness of the designed learning activities (including, but not limited to the e-Learning activities) and their implementation, as well as suggestions for further improvement. Student focus group interviews will be used to provide useful information about students’ perceptions of the various learning activites, whether these were attractive/understandable/useful, as well as what they have learnt through them. These focus group interviews will be audio- and video- taped to allow easy transcription afterwards.

Last modified on 02 Apr 2013