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The sustainability of the datateam method : a qualitative study of the implications for practice and policy and differences between schools

Veen, Niek van der (2014) The sustainability of the datateam method : a qualitative study of the implications for practice and policy and differences between schools.

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Abstract:In the datateam procedure, teams of teachers and school leaders are formed who collaboratively learn how to use data, following a structured approach. During the first two years, data teams are supported by an external trainer. However, the question is whether and how teams proceed after the external support has been finished. In addition, the question is how data teams influence practice and policy. Therefore, this study focused on the implications of data teams for practice and policy, as well as the sustainability of the datateam method. A literature review was conducted to uncover factors that might influence the sustainability. Six schools were selected to be a part of the study. At these schools, a total of 20 interviews were conducted. Also, school plans and school prospectuses were analyzed. The results reveal that the datateam method has had several implications for practice and policy, for example the reduction of educational problems and the development of skills in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and using data among teachers. Furthermore, three of the six data teams were continued. A number of factors seemed to be of influence on the sustainability of the method, including a vision on data use, the involvement of teacher-leaders and shared decision making. The influence of these factors on the sustainability and their interrelatedness are discussed, as well as the differences between schools. Also, directions for future research are given.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66671
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