Research Literacy for the Welsh Baccalaureate: Scoping Study


Lead investigator
Dr Behnaz Schofield
Background

Co-Contributors: Adam Fletcher, Hayley Reed, Nina Gobat

From September 2015 changes to the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification have introduced greater rigour in the Individual Investigation element that contributes 50% of the Core component for the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced qualification. Teaching staff have previously requested support with research literacy teaching for the qualification.  This seed corn project involves a new collaboration between the PRIME Centre Wales, Institute of Primary Care & Public Care and DECIPHer to deliver an 11 month scoping study to explore what resources are already available for the Individual Investigation for the Welsh Baccalaureate and to run focus groups with students and teachers about their training needs to complete this element of the qualification.

The engagement of the young people through ALPHA, a trained public health research advisory group, established through DECIPHer will provide lay knowledge of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification before materials are scoped and will inform focus group topic guides. This project will focus on understanding the qualification requirements and the research literacy needs amongst 16-18 year olds in Wales but can have future impact on public health with a better informed cohort of school leavers making informed decisions about research participation.

Aims & objectives
To scope the existing landscape for the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification requirements and the research literacy needs amongst 16-18 year olds in Wales.
Study design

Research question:

1.      What resources are already available for the Individual Investigation for the Welsh Baccalaureate?

2.      What are the training needs to complete the Individual Investigation for:
a) teachers
b) students?

Further information & publications
Start date
February 2016
End date
September 2016
Funders

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (Cardiff Uni) (Populations Pilot call)

Amount
£18,550