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  1. Motivation and Mode: an attempt to measure the attitudes of ‘O’ level GCE candidates to English language

    Authors: 
    Carolyn Ferguson and John Francis

    Examinations are now universally recognised as tests of achievement and are commonly perceived as measuring skills in the cognitive domain. In recent years, however, there has been a movement away from the traditional end-of-course written examination paper....

  2. Challenging minds? Students' perceptions of computer-based World Class Tests of problem solving

    Authors: 
    Mary Richardson, Jo-Anne Baird, Jim Ridgway, Martin Ripley, Diane Shorrocks-Taylor and Malcolm Swan

    World Class Arena is a British government initiative to assess and develop the skills of gifted and talented children. Part of the strategy is to use computer-based tests. Students attempt tasks that require them to engage in higher-order problem solving, often in interactive, realistic, contexts....

  3. University technical college students’ perceptions and experiences of studying engineering

    Authors: 
    Debra Malpass and Hayley Limmer

    University Technical Colleges (UTCs) aim to provide a technically-oriented curriculum for 14-19 year olds. Technical learning with state-of-the-art equipment is integrated with academic subjects such as English, maths and science to support pupils’ technical learning....

  4. Exploring the impact of the 2013 Unlocking Potential programme

    Authors: 
    Victoria Spalding

    Twenty disadvantaged young people took part in the 2013 Unlocking Potential programme. The programme teams the young person with an athlete mentor who helps them deliver a social action project....

  5. Students' approaches to learning and their performance in the Extended Project pilot

    Authors: 
    Anthony Daly and Anne Pinot de Moira

    Within the new framework set out in the final report of the Working Group on 14–19 Reform (2004), an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) was proposed in England to foster the development of students' independent study skills....