Thorn, C.A. (2002). Data use in the school and classroom: The challenges of implementing data-based decision making inside schools. WCER Working Paper No. 2002-2. Madision, WI: Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Retrieved September 22, 2008, from http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/Publications/workingPapers/Working_Paper_No_2002_2.pdf
This paper explores the challenges teachers and school-level administrators face when implementing research-based decisions about instructional practices in the classroom. The author presents both individual and group strategic decision making models and maintains that no one model is best. The author concludes with recommendations to improve quality decision making, including greater access to data and high quality professional development opportunities, incentives for short- and long-term gains, and an expanded range of strategies to address plans for school improvement.
Decision Making, Professional Expertise, Transformation Plan