Can better metacognitive skills help students to attain more highly in GCSE and A-level science subjects?
One and Ormiston Endeavour Academy will be conducting a research project to investigate the effect of improved metacognition on academic outcomes for students in science subjects. The study will concentrate on equipping students with metacognitive strategies to allow them to self-evaluate the effectiveness of their learning in class and independently. A shift in focus in the classroom from predominantly content delivery to an emphasis on the importance of metacognition and self-regulation is hoped to positively impact on students' resilience and perseverance to engage with the more difficult scientific concepts. It is anticipated that this will help students to develop the analytical and critical thinking necessary to not only achieve high grades at GCSE or A-level but to also become skilled scientists.
The project will be conducted in conjunction with the Education Endowment Foundation, based on recommendations of a recent guidance report (https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/tools/guidance-reports/metacognition-and-self-regulated-learning/), with funding from the Ipswich Opportunity Fund. It will start in September 2018 and regular updates of the findings will be available on this site.