Tom Economou
Oct 13, 2018

O3: Personalised Evidence-Based Practice

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Output 3 consists of a practice framework describing what makes a teacher successful in evidence-based teaching and in personalising instruction to the individual needs of students with regards to SRL. The profile is based on latest research in the field of learning analytics. It incorporates the DigComp framework that is currently widely implemented across the EU and over the coming years. Data literacy is one of the elements of DigComp as part of managing one’s own digital identity.

  • First, the mobile application automatically collects various types of data that are visualised to both teachers (through in-app dashboards) and teacher educators (through an online monitoring platform)

  •  Second, teachers will collect data on students’ SRL by using the SRL assessment toolkit (O1). Output 3 will outline the necessary competences to interpret and use these data to make informed decisions about their instructional practice and personalise their support.

Output 3 has been finalised and you can find it HERE. Feel free to share your comments and thoughts, here, in this discussion.
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  • Jeltsen Peeters
    May 2

    Relying on good practices as a way to implement innovative concepts is tricky and might be misleading, researchers say. SLIDEshow collects good practices illustrating how teachers can support their students' self-regulated learning . Although collecting such good practices is a complex process , teachers want examples showing them how things work in classroom practice. What's more, teachers are much more likely to integrate innovative concepts when they can see other teachers applying it successfully. Yet, the researchers involved in the SLIDEshow project recommend being careful with sharing good practices . They point to several pitfalls that should be avoided. 1) Learning is complex by nature Learning is highly complex. Educational models will always be a simplification of reality. Yet, the self-regulated learning model does quite a good job showing the interconnectedness of different elements in one's learning. It clearly describes the relationship between concepts such as goal-setting, motivation, self-evaluation, self-satisfaction, and subsequent learning goals. Curious to learn more about this model on self-regulated learning? Download the tMAIL app and have a look at the mini-course 'what is self-regulated learning'? Good practices that aim to illustrate how self-regulated learning is implemented in practice can only describe one or several of these concrete self-regulation strategies. Yet, students will benefit most from a continuous support of all aspects of their self-regulation rather than a sporadic and fragmented focus on one or two strategies . Although good practices can help teachers start experimenting with self-regulated learning, it will be insufficient to actually turn all students into strong self-regulators. 2) One size does not fit all When reading good practices, teachers may judge that the examples are not applicable in their classroom. It won't work at this age. My group of students is way too diverse. It might work in reading, but not in my math classes. Indeed, good practices will always have to be adapted to teachers' specific context. They will need to find a balance between keeping the essence of the good practice and adapting it so that it will work in their particular setting. The impact of good practices relies on teachers' professional competences. It is key to know what you want to achieve and how you can monitor whether it is working. 3) The self-regulated teacher versus ticking boxes Good practices might lead teachers to quickly conclude they are already supporting students' self-regulated learning and don't need to invest any more effort. In fact, learning to adopt self-regulated learning skills in practice is a long process (Hoyle & Dent, 2017). This means that the use of practical self-regulated learning supports should be more systematic and used on a longer term to actually see the development of the students. Good practices should not lead to a tick-box culture. They should show the variety of ways in which students' self-regulation could and should be supported. (dr. Jeltsen Peeters) Teachers need to self-regulate their own guidance and constantly set goals, monitor how students' self-regulation is developing, and adjust their support accordingly. 4) Awareness is key Then, how do you recognize a 'good practice' about self-regulated learning support? We'll tell you the secret: teachers' and students' awareness! Practices in which teachers intentionally and explicitly teach self-regulated learning strategies are most effective. Teachers need to consciously design practices that intentionally support students' self-regulated learning. Only shaping classroom environments that offer students more autonomy is in fact dangerous. (Prof. Dr. Hanna Jarvenoja) Dangerous? How so? It is a common misunderstanding that self-regulated learning is all about offering students more autonomy to decide what, how, and when to learn. Self-regulated learning skills are competences that do not develop automatically. So, only offering a supportive environment which allows them to take their learning into their own hands is likely to fail. On the contrary, students need to be taught strategies which help them cope with increasing levels of autonomy. This process should be carefully supported and scaffolded. 5) How to get the most out of good practices? Good practices can really support teachers in integrating innovative concepts. Yet, the dissemination and adoption of good practices should be well thought through. Curious how we solved the issue in SLIDEshow? We'll soon publish a new post on the topic! Too curious to wait? Read on! Preview: We'll link the good practices published on this website to the theoretical framework and scientific evidence as explained in mini-courses in the tMAIL app . Likewise teachers have a set of good practices that can be easily adopted, while having quick and easy access to the theoretical underpinnings. This should help teachers keep in mind the exact self-regulation strategy they aim to support with the particular good practice. Also, it may help understanding how a particular self-regulation strategy is linked to other self-regulation strategies. Understanding this interconnectedness is key to offering systematic and long-term support regarding students' self-regulation. References Hoyle, R.H., & Dent, A.L., Developmental Trajectories of Skills and Abilities Relevant for Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance, in: Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance, Dale H. Schunk, Jeffrey A. Greene (Eds.). New York: 2017
  • Jeltsen Peeters
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    Whenever researchers or policy introduce new concepts, teachers ask for good practices: "What does this new concept look like in the classroom?". Logical question, right? Teachers and principals are faced with many innovative concepts and policies. Even when practices are so called evidence-based and backed up by lots of research, the main question remains: how do I do this in my classroom? In fact, it's other teachers' experiences that convince teachers to try something new in their classroom, not the scientific evidence behind those innovative practices. How are others approaching it? What results do they see? Why do they believe in it? Why do they think it is worth the effort? So, if we want to integrate research-based innovation (such as self-regulated learning) into everyday classroom practice, we'll have to actively search for those good practices and share them. 1) What does a good practice look like? The truth is: collecting such good practices is much more challenging than one would expect. What is the difference between an example , a good practice , and a best practice ? Who will use the good practices and why? The teacher who wants to start experimenting and searches for some inspiration and easy-to-try examples? The more advanced teacher who wants to improve his practice but also has other priorities to respond to? The researcher who knows which practices have most impact and what elements explain the success of these practices? Depending on who you are and on your prior knowledge, you might need and want a different type of good practice. Beginning teachers may want some concrete examples that can inspire them to start experimenting. Researchers, however, may be reluctant to call these examples good practice, as they may want to share good practices that describe high quality examples. 2) Finding the practices underneath a new concept New concepts (such as self-regulated learning) are often quite abstract and can't be implemented right away. It requires careful analysis of what concrete elements are underneath. Self-regulated learning, for example, is in fact an umbrella concept which collects numerous concrete strategies such as time management, help-seeking, and self-evaluation. It is almost impossible to describe a good practice that covers the entire self-regulation spectrum and at the same time provides sufficient concrete tools to use in classroom practice. Hence, good practices are likely to only illustrate part of the new concept . Yet, the partial integration of the concept is not likely to yield the same results as fully implementing a concept. 3) Who is capable to identify good practices? It requires a certain knowledge level before you can identify good practices in your own classroom, and before you feel comfortable sharing it as a good practice with others. As people are only starting to experiment with new concepts, the knowledge level is naturally only starting to build up. Hence, only few people can in fact collect, describe, and share good practices. At SLIDEshow we described 8 different levels of knowledge concerning self-regulated learning. Have a look! Chances are high only level 4 and level 5 teachers are able to identify and share good practices! Note At SLIDEshow, we experienced all of the above challenges when collecting good practices concerning the support of students' self-regulated learning. We'll soon write a post about the main lessons learned. In the meanwhile, have a look at the self-regulated learning classroom practices shared on this website. Wish to contribute a practice of your own? Don't hesitate to log-in to this website (e.g. via your google account) and share your example in a post!
  • Tom Economou
    Apr 26, 2018

    The tMAIL project has come to an end. We are proud to share our results and products with you! Explore our website to read all about the products and reports produced by tMAIL. Want a quick overview of the tMAIL project and the main conclusions? Have a look at our  final report  (in 6 languages) and find out right away! Or… have a look at our main products : a mobile application for teachers a monitoring platform for teacher educators a monitoring platform for policy makers

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