ERIC Number: EJ1145584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Light Touch, Heavy Hand: Principals and Data-Use PLCs
Huguet, Alice; Farrell, Caitlin C.; Marsh, Julie A.
Journal of Educational Administration, v55 n4 p376-389 2017
Purpose: The use of data for instructional improvement is prevalent in today's educational landscape, yet policies calling for data use may result in significant variation at the school level. The purpose of this paper is to focus on tools and routines as mechanisms of principal influence on data-use professional learning communities (PLCs). Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected through a comparative case study of two low-income, low-performing schools in one district. The data set included interview and focus group transcripts, observation field notes and documents, and was iteratively coded. Findings: The two principals in the study employed tools and routines differently to influence ways that teachers interacted with data in their PLCs. Teachers who were given leeway to co-construct data-use tools found them to be more beneficial to their work. Findings also suggest that teachers' data use may benefit from more flexibility in their day-to-day PLC routines. Research limitations/implications: Closer examination of how tools are designed and time is spent in data-use PLCs may help the authors further understand the influence of the principal's role. Originality/value: Previous research has demonstrated that data use can improve teacher instruction, yet the varied implementation of data-use PLCs in this district illustrates that not all students have an equal opportunity to learn from teachers who meaningfully engage with data.
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice, Communities of Practice, Principals, Administrator Role, Faculty Development, Low Income, Comparative Analysis, Focus Groups, Transcripts (Written Records), Observation, Administrative Principles, Administrative Policy, Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Practices, Semi Structured Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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