Academic Commons

Chapters (layout features)

Data Analytics and Decision-Making in Education: Towards the Educational Data Scientist as a Key Actor in Schools and Higher Education Institutions

Agasisti, Tommaso; Bowers, Alex J.

In this chapter, we outline the importance of data usage for improving policy-making (at the system level), management of educational institutions and pedagogical approaches in the classroom. We illustrate how traditional data analyses are becoming gradually substituted by more sophisticated forms of analytics, and we provide a classification for these recent movements (in particular learning analytics, academic analytics and educational data mining). After having illustrated some examples of recent applications, we warn against potential risks of inadequate analytics in education, and list a number of barriers that impede the widespread application of better data use. As implications, we call for a development of a more robust professional role of data scientists applied to education, with the aim of sustaining and reinforcing a positive data-driven approach to decision making in the educational field. Keywords: Data analysis, learning analytics, data-driven decision making, educational management and policy, data scientist

Files

  • thumnail for Agasisti and Bowers 2017 - Data Analytics in Education.pdf Agasisti and Bowers 2017 - Data Analytics in Education.pdf application/pdf 1.01 MB Download File

More Information

Published In
Handbook of Contemporary Education Economics
Pages
184 - 210
Publisher
Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication Origin
Cheltenham, UK
Academic Units
Education Leadership

Notes

This document is a pre-print of this manuscript, published in the Handbook of Contemporary Education Economics. Recommended Citation: Agasisti, T., Bowers, A.J. (2017) Data Analytics and Decision-Making in Education: Towards the Educational Data Scientist as a Key Actor in Schools and Higher Education Institutions. In Johnes, G., Johnes, J., Agasisti, T., López-Torres, L. (Eds.) Handbook of Contemporary Education Economics (p.184-210). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-78536-906-3 http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-contemporary-education-economics

Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.