The project aimed to research the experiences of staff and students during the first weeks of Key Stage 4 (KS4) teaching when students have completed the RSA's Opening Minds curriculum at Key Stage 3 (KS3).
A collaborative, action research approach was undertaken in which postgraduate and undergraduate researchers from Warwick collaborated with staff and students from the RSA Academy to:
- investigate the perceptions of students and staff towards curriculum and pedagogy at KS4, given the background of the students in 'Opening Minds' teaching at KS3;
- explore differences between gender groups and students of different ability and levels of engagement.
The outputs of the research were:
- a research report (see link on right-hand-side);
- a grant proposal for further sociological studies of the impact of the Opening Minds curriculum.