Owen, Kaydee

Kaydee Owen
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Improving numeracy skills using precision teaching methods
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Prof J Carl Hughes, Dr Stacey Hunter and Dr Richard Watkins
Supervising school:
School of Psychology,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

Statistics reveal that children in Wales are underachieving in numeracy. One educational intervention that has shown success in increasing both speed and accuracy of numeracy performance is precision teaching (PT). PT is a measurement approach, used to decide if an instructional method is achieving its aims. This is achieved by collecting performance data regularly and changing the instruction when a child shows no progression. Previous research has shown that PT can be effective in building skill fluency in a variety of contexts (e.g., on a 1:1 basis, or class-wide scale). This research aims to extend the evidence-base for effective PT methods in schools across North Wales. Using a series of c-RCTs, we aim to increase the numeracy attainment of students at risk of poor academic outcomes.

This research is being conducted in collaboration with the regional school effectiveness agency for North Wales (GwE).