Using data to adapt and improve teaching practice
by Peter Goss
Presented at the National FutureSchools Expo, Wednesday 21 March
Education systems are awash with data. But how do schools and teachers use data to improve their teaching? In this speech to hundreds of principals and teachers at the National FutureSchools Expo in Melbourne, Grattan Institute’s School Education Program Director Peter Goss explores the use of data in education. He covers the full spectrum, from the big data used by policy makers and researchers to the small data used by teachers in their daily practice. Big data can inform teaching, but small data drives learning. He argues that the ideal model is an adaptive education system, where central guidance and regional support help schools and teachers to make good local decisions.