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ERIC Number: EJ1165680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
School Level and Other Differences in Illinois Teachers' Use of Data to Inform Instruction
Reeves, Todd
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v29 n4 p332-354 2017
Using data to inform classroom decision-making is a salient facet of teachers' professional practice. However, some evidence suggests that teacher data use practices are unevenly distributed within and across school contexts. In response, the present study examined school-level (elementary, middle, and high) differences in four categories of data use practices among public school teachers (N = 303) from at least 68 schools and 52 districts in Illinois, USA. Concomitantly investigated were differences in data use practices by school locale (city, town, suburban, rural), school socioeconomic status, teacher experience, and teacher primary position. Multiple regression analyses revealed school-level differences for two categories of data use practices, namely using data for ordinary classroom instructional decision making, and using data for programmatic instructional decision making. In both cases, elementary teachers were more likely to use data than middle and high school teachers. Some data use practices also varied as a function school locale, teacher experience, and teacher primary position. Implications for practitioners, researchers, and future directions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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