‘Just Google It?’: Pupils’ perceptions and experience of research in the secondary classroom

Yeoman, Kay, Nardi, Elena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7145-6473, Bowater, Laura and Nguyen, Huyen (2017) ‘Just Google It?’: Pupils’ perceptions and experience of research in the secondary classroom. British Journal of Educational Studies, 65 (3). pp. 281-305. ISSN 0007-1005

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While numerous studies examine perceptions of research held by university researchers, studies examining perceptions held by school pupils are rare. To address this gap and following analysis of questionnaire data (N = 2634, KS3/4/5 pupils), we conducted 11 group interviews with 100 pupils in England to investigate their experiences of research during schooling and their perceptions of how research is conceived, conducted and where its utility and significance lie. Thematic analysis of the interview data – informed by Angela Brew’s 4-tier descriptor of perceptions of research (domino, trading, layer, journey), Jenni Stubb's and colleagues' elaboration of this descriptor, Jan Meyer's and colleagues' conceptions of research inventory (CoRI) and Diane Bills’ distinction between Research and research – led to seven themes. Here we elaborate the most significant of these themes: fact finding as research; who formulates and owns a research question; and the friction between uninformed opinion and informed view. We conclude that secondary pupils’ experiences and perceptions of research, while overall relatively rich, vary across different disciplines. We also conclude that pupils would benefit substantially from more comprehensive engagement with research processes, and we observe the role that qualifications such as the Extended Project Qualification can play in fostering said engagement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: perceptions of research,secondary education,kolb’s learning cycle,conceptions of research inventory (cori),domino,trading,layer,journey 4-tier descriptor of research
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Mathematics Education
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Biosciences Teaching and Education Research
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2017 05:08
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 00:26
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63340
DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2017.1310179


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