University of Technology Sydney

028214 Understanding and Using Educational Data

Requisite(s): 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10480 Bachelor of Education Futures Master of Teaching Primary Education
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This subject is designed to provide students with a knowledge base and practical understanding of why and how student data is used in their area of specialisation in school education. It provides a foundation for a working understanding of contextual factors, policy expectations and collaborative work that enable practicing teachers to source and use data to inform the development of their teaching practices and student learning. The emphasis in this subject on data-based decision making and planning in schools is approached using a self-directed case-study investigation to consider what practicing teachers do to collect, interpret, and work with data.
Students plan and carry out an assessed Independent Investigation Project during Professional Experience to investigate how student data is collected, understood, and used in their area of specialisation during placement. This provides the basis for the final Assessment Report to both critically discuss observations of how and why teachers currently use data as well as justify the potential and limitations of data-driven decision-making for teachers’ professional learning and practice development.

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Spring D session, City campus

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