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Title:Reframing teachers' conceptions of assessment and data use
Author(s):Gannon-Slater, Nora
Director of Research:Schwandt, Thomas A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Schwandt, Thomas A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Greene, Jennifer C.; Ryan, Katherine E.; Abd-El-Khalick, Fouad
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Data-driven decision-making
Teacher education
Abstract:Teachers’ use of assessment data for instructional decision making is one of several essential components of data-driven decision making (DDDM) as a reform strategy to improve teaching and learning. This thesis explores three different issues related to the use of assessment data for instructional decision making. The first paper examines the way instructional decision making is currently conceived in the DDDM discourse. The second paper uses qualitative data to highlight the broad spectrum of assessment strategies a group of high school science teachers employ to collect data for instruction, and it illustrates the complexity of using that data for instructional decision making. The third paper is a study of an instrument that measures preservice teachers’ conceptions of assessment. Qualitative pre-tests of the instrument and quantitative data analyses post-administration suggest that pre-service teachers’ beliefs about assessment are conditional on the tensions present in the cultural and political assessment climate. Collectively, these papers support reframing conceptions of assessment and data in DDDM research to provider clearer explanations of what “use” of data for instructional decision making actually means.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Nora Gannon-Slater
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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