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The TALIS Video Study

Education Development Trust has joined forces with Oxford University to head up, on behalf of the Department for Education, the England arm of a pioneering international study.

The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Video Study will capture footage of teachers from across the world teaching mathematics in a bid to analyse the elements of teaching and the responses of pupils.

It is an ambitious pilot being run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the research will be looking specifically at the teaching of mathematics across nine countries: Japan, Chile, Mexico, Columbia, Spain (specifically Madrid), USA, China (specifically Shanghai), Germany and England. Over 750 teachers will be filmed as they teach quadratic equations, and Education Development Trust will be conducting the research with 85 maths teachers in England.


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What does the TALIS Video Study involve?

Over approximately one year, more than 750 mathematics teachers in nine countries, will be filmed as they teach quadratic equations. Up to 2,500 students in each country will, like their maths teacher, complete a survey both before and after they are taught quadratic equations. In addition, students will complete a short test both before and after the unit. The overarching aims are to capture the variety of approaches to teaching and teachers’ views about their teaching, to explore pupils’ mathematical knowledge, their enjoyment of mathematics and their engagement with learning.

Why is the TALIS Video study only focusing on quadratic equations?

The project will focus on the teaching and learning of quadratic equations. The study will consider quadratics as a unit rather than one specific aspect of it. The tight focus on a common topic will support the understanding of classroom teaching and learning practices across countries because it will remove differences resulting from variations in the content matter taught.

Will all our students be involved in the study?

The research will involve students who are learning quadratic equations in the academic year 2017-2018. This will typically be students in either year 9 OR year 10. Data will be collected from one mathematics class in the target year group in each school.

Is there a preference for higher or foundation level classes?

The study aims to include students of all attainment levels. A teacher and their class from the target year group will be randomly selected for participation in the study. By using random selection across all schools, the final study sample should offer a spread across all levels of attainment.

Is there a minimum number of students that need to participate?

For a class to participate in the study, consent must be obtained from at least 50% of the students. Consent forms will be provided by the TALIS Video Study team well in advance of data collection. If the threshold level of consent is not achieved with one class, then another class from your school will be selected randomly to participate.

When a teacher’s lesson is being videoed will they be told what to teach?

A teacher’s participation in the TALIS Video Study is greatly appreciated. We will do everything that we can to ensure the study places minimal burden on a teacher therefore no special preparation is required for the lesson being videoed. We ask that teachers teach the topic they would normally teach (using their usual methods) on the day of the videoing.

Will my video be made publicly available?

All videos will only be used for research purposes and will not be shared publicly unless a teacher and their students have given explicit consent for their video to be used in the Global Video Library. The OECD Global Video Library will contain excerpts of the full recordings of mathematics lessons to showcase how different classroom practices in different countries and contexts can produce better learning outcomes – not only improved test results, but more motivated and engaged students.

What are lesson artefacts?

On the day your lesson is videoed (and possibly the subsequent lesson) you will be asked to provide copies of any materials used in the lesson e.g. worksheets, pages of textbooks, power-points etc. to the videographer. If you have the materials electronically then they can be shared easily. Paper-based resource such as textbook pages will be photographed by the videographer. These materials will be anonymised and uploaded with your lesson video to the TALIS Video Study team. Clear instructions about artefact requirements will be provided to all teachers ahead of their lesson being videoed.

Who decides when data collection will happen?

The TALIS Video Study team will confirm with the teacher at the start of the academic year when they are likely to be teaching quadratic equations. Then, closer to the time, we will get in touch to arrange dates for test and survey data to be collected and filming to occur. The dates will be arranged at a teacher’s convenience although pre-tests and surveys have to be administered within two weeks of the start of the quadratic equation unit while post-tests and surveys must be administered within two weeks of the unit being completed.

How many visits will researchers make to the school?

If a teacher has any double maths lessons, the pre-test and pre-survey could be administered in one visit as could the post-test and post-unit survey. Videoing will last the duration of two lessons, one in the first half of the unit and one in the second half. Ideally we ask that teachers are available to meet the videographer 20 minutes before the videoed lesson to faciliate the setting up of the room and the testing of equipment.

How many lessons will be videoed?

In all two lessons during the teaching of the quadratics unit will be videoed. the first video will be recorded in the first half of the unit and the second video will be recorded in the second half of the unit. Videos will not be captured on consecutive days, there must be at least one day in between video recorded lessons.

Will teachers be interviewed during the study?

We will not be carrying out any face to face interviews with the teacher. However, when we visit to administer both the pupil pre-unit and post-unit surveys, we will ask that the teacher in charge of the class also completes a survey.

How much time will the student tests take?

The time allowed for completion of the pre and post unit tests is approximately 35 minutes each. A similar amount of time is required for the pupil surveys also. Depending on how long your lessons are, it may be possible to complete both within one lesson. A test administrator will oversee the distribution and completion of both the surveys and tests in order to minimise burden/disruption to the teacher.

Do teachers have to administer the student surveys and tests?

Education Development Trust will send someone to the school to administer both student tests and student surveys. Visits will be arranged at a teacher's convenience within the allocated time period on either side of the teaching of quadratic equations.

Need to know more?

Please contact TALISVideoStudy@educationdevelopmenttrust.com with any further questions.