Owen, Kaydee

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

One educational intervention that has shown success in increasing fluency 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 learner shows no progression. This PhD aims to investigate the application of PT methods in schools across North Wales; whilst expanding the existing evidence-base for PT. The sample for this research focuses on children “at risk” of poor academic numeracy outcomes.

Study 1: A large-scale c-RCT investigating the role of implementation support during a teacher-led SAFMEDS (Say-All-Fast-Minute-Every-Day-Shuffled) programme.

Study 2: A qualitative analysis of pupils’ views on the SAFMEDS procedure.

Study 3: A qualitative analysis of teacher views on the SAFMEDS procedure.

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