Our research

Browse below to see all our research programmes. Click on the '(Read more..)' links to see the full description of the programme. If you would like to know more about any of our research please contact info@millgatehouse.co.uk

Active Assessment Research (ongoing)

The Active Assessment research builds on Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor’s earlier research into Concept Cartoons. It helps to elaborate the principles of effective teaching, learning and assessment that Concept Cartoons appear to support, and considers whether other strategies can have a similar impact. Initial findings indicate that using an Active Assessment approach has a positive impact on pupils’ engagement and motivation and on enabling teachers to use formative assessment in their classrooms.

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Argumentation Research (2001 – 2005)

The research on argumentation was linked with Brigid Downing’s work for her doctoral thesis. The focus was the use Concept Cartoons to promote argumentation in a primary classroom, and to establish the nature of the argumentation. Findings indicate that children argue readily in response to the Concept Cartoons, that they co-construct arguments without teacher intervention and guidance, and positively seek ways to resolve their conflicting views.

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Concept Cartoons research (ongoing)

Research into Concept Cartoons began in 1992, shortly after Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor conceived the strategy for presenting alternative concepts to learners. Their research has focused on the effectiveness of Concept Cartoons in engaging learners, promoting argumentation, helping learners to develop their ideas and formative assessment. Findings indicate that the strategy has a significant impact in relation to all of these in a range of contexts.

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Differentiation research (1994 – 1996)

This case study involved children in a single primary school and focused on the effectiveness of the differentiation strategies used. The findings indicated that a wide range of strategies could be used to promote differentiation in a primary classroom and that some strategies had the effect of enabling children to take their learning forward at their own level.

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PUPPETS – Puppets Promoting Engagement and Talk in Science research (ongoing)

The PUPPETS research was a joint project involving Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor (Manchester Metropolitan University and Millgate House Education), Shirley Simon and Jane Maloney (Institute of Education, University of London) and (Manchester Metropolitan University). It involved using puppets in primary science lessons. Findings from the research indicate that puppets have a positive effect on pupils’ talk and motivation, as well as influencing teachers’ practice.

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Science on the Underground research (1998 – 1999)

A funded project using science Concept Cartoons on London Underground trains provided Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor with the opportunity to carry out small scale research to look at the impact of the strategy on the public’s engagement with science. The findings indicate that it is possible to engage significant numbers of members of the public in thinking about scientific questions, including members of the public who are not usually interested in science.

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Teacher Change research (ongoing)

This research runs in parallel with other research, including Concept Cartoons, Active Assessment and PUPPETS. It focuses on issues emerging from the data about ways of promoting and enabling teacher change. Findings indicate that small-scale interventions through each of these projects has led to significant teacher change.

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