Data use as the heart of data literacy: an exploration of pre-service teachers' data literacy practices in a teaching performance assessment

McDowall, Ailie, Mills, Carmen, Cawte, Katie, and Miller, Jodie (2021) Data use as the heart of data literacy: an exploration of pre-service teachers' data literacy practices in a teaching performance assessment. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

A shifting policy landscape in Australian teacher education has led to the introduction of teaching performance assessment tasks in initial teacher education degrees, foregrounding data literacy practices. The aim of this research was to explore pre-service teachers’ uses of data to inform and evaluate their teaching practice as demonstrated in their Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment task. To do so, we drew on a pool of 37 assessment responses and a group interview held with six assessors and moderators of the task, analysing these through the Data Literacy for Teachers framework. In our analysis, we identified data use as both a central element of this framework and an area in need of further support, as illustrated by some pre-service teachers’ tendency to “throw all the data in”. Our research also confirms the importance of teaching-related knowledge to effectively use data. The findings suggest that such models can be useful for teacher education curriculum renewal in light of increasing requirements for teachers to be data literate. A revision to the model is also suggested, moving away from a linear approach and instead centring data use as the heart of data literacy.

Item ID: 63669
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1359-866X
Keywords: Teacher education; data literacy, teaching performance assessment, Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment, pre-service teachers
Copyright Information: © 2020 Australian Teacher Education Association.
Funders: University of Queensland (UQ)
Projects and Grants: UQ Learning Seed Funding grant
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2020 01:10
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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