Gary Chambers has been awarded a British Academy Small Grant
This study based in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, builds on a project just completed in Yorkshire.
Both studies adopt a qualitative approach to collect the views of pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school, with special reference to modern languages.
Transition is identified as a key issue in modern languages in current literature as well as that reporting on research in the late 60s.
An accelerated, longitudinal methodology will provide insights into pupils’ motivational perspectives over two years as well as examples of good practice in relation to transition.
Saxony-Anhalt is the locus of research given the enthusiasm there for primary modern languages teaching and learning in a context of fiscal constraint.
This study will allow interesting comparisons to be drawn between Yorkshire and Saxony-Anhalt and lessons to be learned which will be of interest and use to policy makers, school management teams and parents.
It is intended that this will inform a more substantial bid for a multi-country comparative study.