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Research Findings Related to the Implementation of The Walker Learning ApproachTM
The Walker Learning Approach is based upon an interactionist theoretical construct using a mix of biological and neurological perspectives alongside a socio cultural perspective. It uses many constructs from the internationally renowned developmentally appropriate practice through the NAEYC based in the USA. It draws heavily from neurological studies emphasising the need for relationships and active structured play for children in their early years of learning. The WLA has an emphasis upon skill development and acquisition of understandings and skills through a balanced curriculum that seeks to actively engage children in investigations and play as well as explicit teaching.
The consultancy is aware that quality research (qualitative and quantitative) is required to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of any curriculum. In this context the consultancy has been committed to using a variety of empirical research over the past 10 years to monitor the effectiveness of the WLA across all domains of learning.
Attached at the bottom of the page is an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (2009). In this document we provide an overview and compilation of data we have measured through both qualitative and quantitative measurement tools from a number of schools as well as data and quotes from specific schools. To ensure no school or research bias, an external researcher was employed in four schools and in addition to data supplied by each school, additional diagnostic assessment, observation, surveys and focus group discussions were also used through the data collection process.
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