Developing Engaged Learners among Grade 7 Students through RI3CH TASKS

Developing Engaged Learners among Grade 7 Students through RI3CH TASKS

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Developing Engaged Learners among Grade 7 Students through RI3CH TASKS

The Teach Less, Learn More (TLLM) movement (Ministry of Education, 2005) focuses on the quality of interaction between the learners and the teacher. It means teaching better so that students are better engaged during the learning process. This study is one school’,s response to this call. The school developed RI3CH TASKS, which were transdisciplinary and they engaged students in pragmatic social action through working on authentic problems. These authentic problems also required students to use the higher order skills of analysis and applications. Three classes of Grade 7 students were exposed to RI3CH TASKS for five months. In this project, students were assessed on sub-tasks and these assessments contributed to the assessment of their culminating product. The students were given feedback on their performance in sub-tasks in a timely and specific manner to allow for self-adjustments on the students’, part (Wiggins, 1998). This study seeks to find out the relationship between engaged learning and the instructional practices, specifically in using assessment to improve learning. The PETALSTM Engagement Indicator (PEI) questionnaire was used to measure students’, engagement before and after intervention via the RI3CH TASKS. The different scales of the PEI questionnaire for engaged learning were also measured before and after the students participated in this study. There was a moderate effect size in the Pedagogy (P) scale and small effect size on the Experience of Learning (E), Assessment (A) and Learning Content (L) scales. A correlational analysis performed between the P, E, T, A, L scales and Engagement scale showed A and L having high correlation coefficients with the Overall Engagement (GG). The implications of these relationships will be discussed in this paper.

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