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The relationship between leadership and the sustainability of data use

Groenheijde, M.E. (2019) The relationship between leadership and the sustainability of data use.

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Abstract:Data use plays an important role in education, since it enables teachers to make informed decisions about educational practices. In schools, however, decisions are often based on experience and intuition instead of on data. Therefore, a data use intervention was developed to train teachers in their knowledge and skills for data use. For such an intervention to succeed, sustainability is of importance. Sustainability refers to continuation; something that endures over time. A key factor that influences sustainability is leadership. However, the relationship between leadership and sustainability is not yet clear. This qualitative study therefore investigated the relationship between transformational and distributed leadership and the sustainability of data use. In order to investigate this relationship, two primary schools in the Netherlands that worked with the aforementioned data use intervention were selected. Semi-structured interviews with teachers and a school leader were held, and an additional document study was carried out. The results of this study showed that sustainability for the data use intervention was partly achieved at both schools, which seems to be related to leadership behavior. Both school leaders showed good transformational and distributed leadership in some areas, positively influencing sustainability, but fell short in other areas. Therefore, for both school leaders it can be concluded that further development of leadership is likely to lead to a higher degree of sustainability for data use. Keywords: sustainability, data use intervention, data use, transformational leadership, distributed leadership.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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