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Student Surveys Crucial

Student surveys can be used to help teachers of academically talented and regular education of primary school students. The comment was made by University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of
22 Dec 2014 10:30
Student Surveys Crucial
Professor Frank Worrell at Holiday Inn Suva.

Student surveys can be used to help teachers of academically talented and regular education of primary school students.

The comment was made by University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education, Professor Frank Worrell at a research finding presentation at the Holiday Inn Suva last Friday.

The Ministry of Education and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints jointly conducted the research in 400 primary schools in Fiji in the last two years.

They were based on tests carried out on numeracy and literacy skills of students from Year One to Year Six.

“Student surveys have been shown to be useful forms of formative assessment for teachers,” Mr Worrell said.

He said through the surveys, teachers would have a fair idea of how students perform and who needed extra help.

“Every school has a student who is doing very well, an average and a below average student and we need to develop assessments to identify these students.”

Mr Worrell said the survey had measured the teacher-student relationships and co-operation which were linked with student achievement in their curriculum.

“We need to monitor how students perform from the beginning of the year and have brief assessments of at least two to three minutes to see if they are making progress or not,” he said.

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