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Toward an Evaluation Habit of Mind: Mapping the Journey

by Steven Katz, Stephanie Sutherland & Lorna Earl - 2005

In this article we chronicle a particular professional development initiative designed to promote the acquisition of an evaluation habit of mind within an educational context. After describing the rationale behind this initiative in some detail, we proceed to map the experiences of four of the participantsa principal, a vice principal, a consultant, and a teacheras they journeyed toward an understanding of evidence-informed decision making. A combination of document analyses and exit interviews allowed us to plot the developmental course by which this evaluation mindset unfolds. Ultimately, the process of using data as evidence for decision making is revealed as one of developing intrinsic motivation by way of personal "meaning making." The three overarching cognitive themes of preconceptions, frameworks, and reflections given in the National Research Council's synthesized report on how people learn (Donovan, Bransford, & Pellegrino, 2000) are taken as the structural guideposts for the necessary construction of meaning.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 10, 2005, p. 2326-2350
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12195, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 2:11:05 AM

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  • Steven Katz
    University of Toronto
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    STEVEN KATZ is a director with the research and evaluation firm Aporia Consulting Ltd. and a lecturer in human development and applied psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His areas of expertise include the psychological foundations of human performance and the design of data-driven systems for organizational planning and improvement. Recent publications include Developing an Evaluation Habit of Mind and Leading Schools in a DataĖRich World.
  • Stephanie Sutherland
    University of Pittsburgh
    STEPHANIE SUTHERLAND is a research associate with the Learning, Research and Development Center (LRDC) of the University of Pittsburgh. Her areas of expertise include program evaluation and methodological inquiry. Research interests include large-scale curricular reform and data-driven practices to support organizational change. Recent publications include Creating a Culture of Data Use for Continuous Improvement and Show Me the Evidence: Does Using Data in Schools Really Make a Difference?
  • Lorna Earl
    University of Toronto
    LORNA EARL is an associate professor in the Theory and Policy Studies Department and director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. Her areas of expertise include the fields of assessment and evaluation, and she has been involved in consultation, research, and staff development with teachersí organizations, ministries of education, school boards, and charitable foundations. Recent publications include Itís About Learning and Itís About Time and Assessment as Learning.
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