Testing of new method for early efforts in schools and increased cooperation in the triangle schools - training office - business

Project leader Fröja municipality, Norway
DSV co-project leader and research coordinator: Uno Fors

Partners:
Schools in Fröja, Hitra and Smöla municipalities in Norway
Stockholm Science and Innovation School (SSIS), Kista
HIST Kompetense Trondheim (Sør-Trøndelag University College )
Project period:  2014-15 and 2015-2016
Funding: 2.1 Miljoner Nkr
Funding agency: Regional research fund Mid-Norway
Duration: 2014-2017

Description

This project is aimed to promote the use of new mobile technology based immediate response services and methods, by piloting methods and services in schools at three municipalities in Norway and one school in Sweden (SSIS). 

The project will pilot, verify and study how response systems like EVAL and PELE can be used:

As a new learning method that uses instant feedback from tests to allow students
immediately learn from their mistakes and thereby improved their academic performance. This includes mathematics in a number of different classes ranging from the 10th grade in Norwegian schools, VG1 in vocational programs as well as on the “gymnasium” level in Sweden.

  • To examine if the new learning method could give students Positive attitudes,
  • Increase the motivation and engagement of students, Inspiring students to learn more, and Motivate them to continue to study. This includes the change in their motivation through the use of technology on devices that all students use everywhere - except at school!
  • To reduce the percentage of drop-outs in schools

Research challenges
The research questions in this project focuses on the central question of which methods may be effective to increase motivation in schools, and thus reduce dropouts in vocational training. Today in Norway, an average of 27% of vocational students drops out of schools, primarily due to lacking motivation, low commitment and inadequate follow-up.

The EMME-project covers the following three measurable goals:

  • Increased motivation: to document the change in students’ attitudes to be more motivated to learn, and to learn more
  • Better grades: to provide students increased professional skills in basic subjects, thereby increasing access to apprenticeships
  • Reduced dropout: to try new collaboration solutions at an early stage reduces the problem areas in internships related to limited opportunities for follow-up of training body and / or training in business.

Specific research questions

  • Can the use of response systems lead to increased motivation and commitment?
  • Can new forms of assessment with immediate feedback build the gap between theory and practice, thereby increasing students' interest in learning, and learn more?
  • Can the use of a new activity-based evaluation methodology together with the use of modern mobile technology, reducing dropout?
  • Can the use of response systems lead to improved academic performance in basic subjects such as mathematics?

More information:

Professor Uno Fors uno@dsv.su.se
EMME project