Data is an aspect of knowledge. It is about
Reality is what we are dealing with. Collecting data is an attempt to capture basic aspects of reality. Data processing is about using this data to achieve the
The best data is both current and local. For this reason there are no universal responses or answers.
What data? There is a real dilemma for schools when it comes to identifying the data that might be collected. Each dot point and most sentences in this website are about the reality of schools and as such represents a potential focus for data collection and processing. The reality in which schools operate is large and complex. This is why a systems approach is so important: it offers a way to see through the complexity. This can lead to error if one is not mindful of Einstein's admonition:
Answers & Responses have to be generated locally. It is the local reality that with which we are dealing .
Policy is a course of action developed from a general notion of reality tempered with various ideals. This general notion is best captured as a set of principles. Good policy is also based on the availability of the appropriate and reliable tools to deal with the reality. This is the reason the 'quality movement' has been strong in focusing on tools. And many of the tools are data management tools, in short,
Policy = Principles + Tools (for dealing with reality)
Acquiring data What process is used to acquire each kind of data as follows (give an example of each)
Indicate the level of reliability of each.
Data, Quality & Rating Scales
Quality is that which is delightful to the recipient, hence, quality is judged by the recipient in relation to his/her expectations.
Any rating scale developed to gather data on quality must begin with the expectations of the recipient or observer. Each rating can be matched with an appropriate descriptor & response
Example of a quality rating scale
Riverside Primary School uses a four point rating scale adapted to gather, record & report data on everything from learning outcomes to playground experiences
Exercise Create a quality rating scale
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