Research

Hello, I’m Nicola, aa MEd (research) candidate, a registered primary school teacher and the Director of Mastery Learning Group. During my years teaching junior primary I became aware that students needed much more practise of  classroom learning than could be achieved within the lesson context.

I began modifying a traditional mastery learning folder process through informal action research, ultimately developing it into an intervention that supported student practise of classroom instruction at their point of need. As other teachers became interested in the strategy, I realised that I didn’t fully understand the theory behind the process, so in 2017, I started a research master’s degree to identify and assess the process against theory.

Now, in 2020, I am coming to the conclusion of my studies and, once I have submitted my thesis, I can’t wait to share the insights I have discovered.

Whilst the strategy was developed in the primary school classroom, the folder process is based on learning science and can be used by students of all ages on any content that requires remembering, understanding and applying. Content is not limited to the recall or recognition of facts, it can also be used to practise the recall of complex material and procedures. Independent learners … if you can write the question and confirm your answer, then flashcards and the folder will help you space out your learning and personalise the time you need to master it.

Complementary on-site or Zoom professional development is available to schools (see also the Training page)

Good luck with your teaching and learning! Feel free to get in touch.

Nicola

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