Access for more schools – Being a School partner
The School Partners will examine the efficacy of the A Learner’s Toolkit program, presenting a viable translation of the Science of Learning into the secondary years setting, across context, geography and school type (see Conceptual Model below). By working together, the partners will be able to interrogate how the established understanding of the areas of adolescent student behaviour (i.e., engagement, motivation, and self-efficacy), context (i.e., assessment system, geography, and school type) and individual (i.e., belief, cognitive ability, commitment, knowledge and previous achievement) affect and are affected by, secondary student study habits. By various schools evaluating the Toolkit’s impact in their context, the collective expertise will unpack how different instructional training approaches affected the uptake, or not, of A Learner’s Toolkit strategies. Engaging in classroom-based research will facilitate a research approach to assess the inter-relationship between these behaviours, factors and strategies on academic outcomes.
It was also acknowledged that the nature of these outcomes, particularly in the immediate term, would build or weaken student belief in the efficacy and commitment to the intent of the training intervention. Further studies will illuminate whether (and how) contextual (i.e. stage of schooling) or individual (i.e. cognitive ability and previous academic achievement) factors influence student metacognition, self-efficacy and self-regulation of the planned use of various strategies and the possible correlation with academic outcomes. By working beyond the school-based divide that plagues educational research, we aim to create a freely available platform and resource that can share best practices to enrich and equip students with those habits, strategies, and tools that can aid their learning now and into their future beyond school.
Above: Conceptual Model of A Learner’s Toolkit
Register your School as a Research Partner
To take part in the A Learner’s Toolkit research program, schools need to complete an EOI form and understand related commitments.