This research focuses on an exploratory study of student perspectives on Records of
Achievement. The history of the RoA is briefly outlined, the literature surveyed, and a
conceptual framework established for exploring student perspectives. The methodology of
the study is described and evaluated. 400 students from Years 10 and 11 in four Case Study
schools responded to a questionnaire (with opportunity for open-ended comments). RoA
managers in the schools completed a document giving the context of the RoA in their particular
schools. A range of student perspectives were identified, including positive views of
summary processes, and negative approaches to self-assessment and outside-school
activities. Case Study schools provided evidence of possible reasons for these perspectives,
which were also supported by student comments. There were also differences in
perspectives across gender and year groups.
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.