Teaching and Learning with Data-Based Decisions: Asking
the Right Questions and Acting on the Answers by
Collecting and analyzing data should not be a willy-nilly
fishing expedition. Instead, you need to formulate specific
questions and goals to guide your evaluation.
As outlined in Protheroe's article, the following questions
might be important to teachers (Protheroe, p. 3):
- Are my teaching strategies working?
- What do these students need help with?
- What do students understand and what can they apply?
Additional issues high on educators' list of questions,
might focus on ways to improve school safety, the impact
of class size, dropout rates, attendance patterns, discipline
issues, homework effectiveness, and student motivation.
Only by formulating clear questions, will you be able
to collect the pertinent data.