Pupil involvement in planning topics using KWL grids: opinions of teachers, student teachers and pupils.Journal Article
Pupil involvement in planning is one way in which teachers listen to the “pupil voice”. This paper focuses on pupil involvement in planning class topics using KWL grids. The opinions of teachers, teacher education students and primary school pupils in Northern Ireland were sought on this using questionnaires and interviews. The vast majority of teachers and student teachers responded positively, many commenting that the pupils had reacted favourably, enthusiastically or with enjoyment, and that they seemed to be more motivated, responsive and interested in topics in which they had some “ownership”. Negative opinions expressed by teachers included arguments about difficulties in incorporating pupil ideas into their planning as well as practical concerns about using a KWL grid with younger or less able pupils. More fundamental were fears about loss of teacher control, teacher authority being undermined, and “interference” in teacher planning. One of the outcomes of the study is a list of recommendations for good practice when using KWL grids.
Output InformationRichard Greenwood (2019) Pupil involvement in planning topics using KWL grids: opinions of teachers, student teachers and pupils, Educational Studies, 45:4, 497-519, DOI: 10.1080/03055698.2018.1509773
Published Output URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03055698.2018.1509773