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ERIC Number: EJ1069476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1573-1812
Student-Involved Data Use: Establishing the Evidence Base
Jimerson, Jo Beth; Reames, Ellen
Journal of Educational Change, v16 n3 p281-304 Aug 2015
In this conceptual paper, we map the research terrain on what we term "student-involved data use" (SIDU)--that is, the practice of having students track, chart, and analyze their own data in formal and structured ways. Drawing on peer-reviewed research as well as practitioner-oriented literature, social media, and district websites, we leverage a lens informed by goal achievement theory to highlight the potential benefits of SIDU as well as the possible dangers of implementing SIDU in haphazard ways. We begin by tracing the rise of the modern iteration of this data-driven practice, rooted in the application of principles associated with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria to the classroom level and to the teacher-student dyad. We then describe common components of the practice, including the use of student "data folders" or "data binders," semi-public classroom "data walls," and "quality tools" (such as the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle) that aim at building reflective practice among students. Beyond describing the increasingly popular practice, we note that the empirical base for SIDU is quite shallow at present: implementation is far outpacing the evidence on the processes involved in and outcomes of SIDU. Currently, practitioners and policymakers have little in the way of empirical evidence to guide efforts, potentially to the detriment of long-term educational outcomes. To this end, we posit a range of ways in which the research community can join in comprehensive inquiry efforts aimed at learning more about the conditions under which SIDU may be a positive and productive process for students.
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Language: English
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