'Harder than other lessons but good': the effect of colleague collaboration on secondary English pupil engagement

Collyer, E., Lawrence, C., Jacobs, L., Mitchell, R. and Fox-Goddard, P. (2019) 'Harder than other lessons but good': the effect of colleague collaboration on secondary English pupil engagement. English in Education. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1754-8845

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Research examining the effects of collaborative planning in British secondary schools relates primarily to the effect it has on a teacher’s professional development. Researchers seldom focus on the impact it has on the pupils. This study was designed to understand the effect collaboratively planned lessons had on pupil engagement in a British secondary school. Transcripts from lessons observations, reflective diaries and field notes were analysed using thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006). One theme was identified: ‘Pupils’ Engagement with Differentiated Instruction’. This research concludes that the collaboratively planned lessons allowed some pupils to engage in learning better than individually planned lessons. The professional learning occurring from the planning process allowed teachers to collaboratively plan a lesson that was stronger than an individually planned lesson; the most successful teaching and learning took place when teachers adopted their colleagues’ suggestions, thus supporting some of the pupils’ engagement with learning. This is significant as the UK’s Independent Teacher Workload Review Group promotes collaborative planning as a method of reducing workload (Independent Teacher Workload Review Group, 2016). However, collaborative planning is only worth doing if evidence implies that it maintains and improves outcomes for pupils. Authors discuss implications and outline areas for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Taylor and Francis. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in English in Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Depositing User: Dr Clare Lawrence
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 08:33
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 03:40
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/576

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