Improving the quantitative research skills of Welsh Baccalaureate teachers through university engagement

Brookfield, Charlotte and Parker, Samuel (2020) Improving the quantitative research skills of Welsh Baccalaureate teachers through university engagement. Research for All, 4 (1). pp. 102-116. ISSN 2399-8121

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Abstract

In 2015 the re-designed Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ) was launched and, for the first time, students undertaking the qualification were required to complete the Skills Challenge Certificate (SCC). Consisting of four components: the Individual Project, the Enterprise and Employability Challenge, the Global Citizenship Challenge, and the Community Challenge, the SCC aims to enable learners to develop seven skills needed for education, employment and life. The Individual Project requires students to undertake a research project that includes analysing data using/utilising quantitative data analysis skills. This paper identifies the teaching of such quantitative skills as a difficulty for some teachers involved in the delivery of the qualification drawing on recent engagement work between Cardiff University and schools and colleges in South Wales. It argues that universities have an opportunity to engage with schools, teachers and pupils in the delivery of quantitative research skills that can be beneficial for both schools and universities.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.18546/RFA.04.1.08
Date: 1 February 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Welsh Baccalaureate, Skills Challenge Certificate, individual investigation, quantitative research, number, Q-Step
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Samuel Parker
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 21:00
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 05:30
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8051

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