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ERIC Number: ED471349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
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Principals' and Teacher-Leaders' Beliefs about What School Leaders Need To Know Regarding Data and Its Use in Educational Decision-Making.
West, Russ; Macharia, Josephine
The purpose of this study was to identify the beliefs of Tennessee principals and teachers about the knowledge and skills required of leaders when using data to improve educational decision-making. Personal interviews were conducted with 10 principals and 10 teacher leaders certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Subjects represented elementary, middle, and high schools from city and county school systems. Three general research questions were addressed in the hope of finding answers that would aid in the development of a new data analysis strand to be part of a redesigned Masters Degree program in educational leadership at East Tennessee State University. Responses to the first question indicated that there is great similarity in the data-related knowledge and skills needed by principals and teacher-leaders in the schools. Respondents were in agreement that the two groups needed to cultivate the same knowledge and skills while in preparation programs. Responses to the second question suggest that the knowledge and skills required for successful school leaders are aligned around seven primary areas: (1) the school improvement process; (2) types of assessment data; (3) managing data; (4) analyzing data and data quality; (5) using data to improve teaching and learning; (6) making data public; and (7) accountability issues. Responses to the third question indicate that the major criterion for a successful new program is that the activities designed to impact knowledge and skills be authentic and allow participants to use their places of work as laboratories. An appendix describes initial interview schedules. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee