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ERIC Number: ED476853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 18
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Understanding Schools' Capacity To Use Data.
Watson, Jeff; Mason, Sarah
One of the goals of the Strategies and Models for Improved Learning through Effective Data Use (SMILE) project was to develop a data-capacity survey (DCS) to measure a schools capacity to use data. In this study, a DCS was developed and field tested. The DCS, which was field tested at six Milwaukee Public Schools (Wisconsin), was a pen-and-paper survey designed to be completed as a group activity. The first section included a general description, instructions, a glossary, and three different data-use scenarios of school improvement, classroom, and project settings. The second section of the DCS contained 28 items with rubric-format or checklist format response areas. The DCS was designed to measure the concept of data capacity by deconstructing it into the inquiry process and sociotechnical dimensions. In general, field test results reveal both between- and within-school variation along both data capacity dimensions and across the three data-use scenarios. Findings further suggest that schools distinguish between differences in data capacity for each stage of the inquiry process, and that schools distinguish between the social and technical factors. Schools also showed variation across the three data-use scenarios. Some design issues related to the DCS were identified. The DCS took too much time to complete, was too complex, and schools tended to adjust their scores. These design features will be considered in the redesign of the DCS. (Contains 5 figures and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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