How it Works
Keeping things tidy
What it does
Things to consider
The database itself is a tool and is only a
small part of the activity system in which it is used (see the
Activity System diagram below).
- The tool (database) is used to mediate the
activities in supporting students in the school. It also produces signs
(screen views of data, reports...) that also mediate these activities.
- The prime activity is decision making
about supportive arrangements for students, their teachers and
families, that is,
- People and teams (subjects) who have to
make decisions about the purposes and practices of student
support use of the database to manage data and convert it
into information. Together with sound judgement this information
can lead to knowledge as a basis of decision making.
- These purposes and practices are agreed
across the community of users and implemented on the basis
of some rules (usually understandings and
guidelines). These may include agreements on the terminology
that will be used (databases capture data by using terms).
- The activities involved in supporting the success
of teachers and students working together includes identifying
roles in order to achieve a helpful division of effort that
will integrate use of the database into current in-school
practices within the life and work of the school.
- The outputs of the activities using the database
need to contribute to the success and well-being of
teachers and students working together by contributing to
understanding and meaning.
Expanding the task
Then is the matter of achieving consistency across
Getting the database installed and operational is
only 10% of the task.