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‘One girl had a different idea’: children’s perspectives on learning and teaching models in the traditional classroom

Hargreaves, E; Elhawary, D; Mahgoub, M; (2019) ‘One girl had a different idea’: children’s perspectives on learning and teaching models in the traditional classroom. Education 3-13 10.1080/03004279.2019.1586975. (In press).

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Abstract

This paper explores learning from the perspective of primary pupils in Egypt. The article explores models of learning and teaching and how pupils respond to traditional models and to changes within those. Qualitative data was collected from 57 interviews with 81 primary pupils in Alexandria, Egypt. Our research approach was interpretivist and our method was individual interview and observation. Teachers had introduced for the first time the practice of group and/or pair-work in the English language classroom. Following this change, pupils described their learning as benefiting from: peer support; exercising self-direction; participating more actively; and enjoyment of collaborative work. These findings accord with the research literature on collaborative learning. We conclude that even in traditional sites of learning, children appreciate aspects of collaborative learning.

Type: Article
Title: ‘One girl had a different idea’: children’s perspectives on learning and teaching models in the traditional classroom
DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2019.1586975
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2019.1586975
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068050
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