Searching for value
Putting data into the Planner (or any similar database) is a cost.
The value comes from getting back
- well selected data
- in a timely fashion
- in a useful form
Several ways to retrieve data
reports in the Planner provide one means to achieve value in this way.
It is worth exploring each report to see what it offers.
2. Remember that there are also reports about individual students available from
the buttons on each student record:
3. Forms are also often useful in selecting data: for example there are four
main ways of viewing student records from the Main Menu
Each of these views provides direct access to all details of a individual
- in the school (Observations and Manage Support);
- in a selected class (Review Class);
- or those students identified for Positive Support Planning
(ISP box ticked).
4. There are also forms available from the Main Menu that enable you to
Basic approach to searching the data
Read the dialogue boxes carefully and know what might be in the data and you
will be surprised at what you can retrieve.
If you code for
time and place and use other forms of
clever coding you will
- decrease the cost of data entry, that is, make it easier
- increase the value of the data, by being able to search it, and produce
statistical summaries, very easily.
Examples of what searching the data might show
- What are the gender differences in your school? The data from most schools
indicate that boys are typically involved in five to eight times as many
incidents. Grade 2 or grade 3 boys are prime candidates (possible
explanations? testosterone increase? new forms of play?...).
- One school was able to show that a high proportion of the playground
incidents were related to the deteriorating surface of the sealed area. They
used the data as part of their request for assistance.
- Another school was able to show that the behaviour of a certain student
was significantly different on particular days of the week, and that these
days corresponded to the different teachers that shared class. This data
didn't 'prove' anything, but provided a useful starting point for exploring
what might be going on.
- In another school one boy who was involved in some 50 incidents in 2005
has been involved in two so far this year. Many other students in the same
school showed similar gains.
What interesting things have you uncovered by searching your school's data?
share your insights it may prompt others to explore their own
situation in similar ways with benefits for all concerned.