Teachers Education Review · TER #155 – Attainment Grouping with Dr Becky Taylor – 01 Sept 2020
Main Feature: Dr. Becky Taylor discusses her research into attainment grouping pratices in schools and their impact on academic achievment and self confidence.
Regular Features: Steven Kolber explores the implications of different metaphors for learning.
00:00 Opening Credits
02:09 Kolber’s Corner
– Steven Kolber on Twitter
10:28 Vale Sir Ken Robinson
– Episode #110 – A conversation with Sir Ken Robinson
14:01 Feature Intro
16:00 Interview – Dr Becky Taylor
– Dr Becky Taylor’s profile on UCL
48:32 Sign Off & Closing Credits
Thank you, Steve Kolber’s corner was insightful as usual. However, i had a lot of issues with Dr Taylor. She relies completely on the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) evidence. It should be noted there is significant peer review questioning the reliability of the EEF methods, in particular, its notion of ‘months of progress’ The Journal, Educational Research and Evaluation, devoted 2 issues to this -https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/nere20/24/1-2?nav=tocList. There are also significant problems with the classifications different studies use – acceleration, streaming, setting, in class grouping, enhancement, gifted, cross class grouping. A deeper look into the studies shows it is way more complicated and nuanced than Dr Taylor suggests. Andrew Old looks closely at the studies reported by the EEF, showing major misrepresentation & errors – https://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/the-eef-were-even-more-wrong-about-ability-grouping-than-i-realised/