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Educational Research and Statistics for Teacher Leaders

1. Educational Research and Statistics for Teacher Leaders

You are invited to share your experience with the use of educational research and statistics as they
apply to your professional practice.

There are no known or foreseeable risks associated with participating in this research project. The
results of this study will help professors and colleges of education adjust course study to better
prepare educational leaders.

The survey is anonymous and will not contain information that may personally identify you. Some
demographic information of participants will be collected. All information that you share will be
strictly confidential.

It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete the survey. Participation is voluntary and you may exit
from the study at any time.

This research is conducted by Dr. Krishna Bista, Chase Endowed Professor Education at the
University of Louisiana at Monroe. For questions, please contact at bista@ulm.edu or by phone at
(318) 342 1254.

Thank you for your participation.

Dr. Bista

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1. School Culture and Data Practice

For each of the statements below, check the number that indicates the degree to which you agree or
disagree
Strongly Strongly
Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Agree

1. My school requires analyzing student-level data in core subject areas at


least once a year.

2. Teachers in my school have the necessary skills to analyze and interpret


data to improve instructional practices.

3. Data analysis helped me identify and improve areas of teaching/learning in


my school.

4. Data coaches are available to support data analysis on a school-wide basis.

5. I rarely examine standardized test scores to assess the quality of teaching in


my school.

6. I should learn the basic methods of data analysis.

7. I should have statistical literacy (e.g. ability to ready a graph, understand


common statistical terms).

8. The analysis of data does not improve teaching and learning in my school.

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2. Need of Research and Statistics

2. For each of the statements below, check the number that indicates the degree to which you agree or
disagree
Strongly Strongly
Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Agree

1. I possess a basic understanding of the concepts of research and statistics.

2. The relevance of statistics to the day-to-day lives of teachers and principals


is not a focus of college statistics/research classes.

3. I did not have any research or statistics courses in teacher education or


educational leadership preparation programs.

4. I use data and make comparisons with other schools to identify the school's
strengths and weaknesses.

5. More training is needed to help me interpret and use the information


generated by our data management system.

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3. Uses of Data Analysis

For each of the statements below, check the number that indicates the degree to which you agree or
disagree
Strongly Strongly
Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Agree

1. I am not provided the necessary time to analyze data on a regular basis.

2. I do not possess the skills to effectively analyze data in a useful manner.

3. I examine academic achievement at different grade levels over multiple time


points when analyzing data.

4. I gather data in the classroom and plan/attend data-driven meetings to better


understand students' progress toward student achievement goals.

5. I find data analysis reports easy to interpret.

6. I am comfortable using data analysis to guide curriculum and instruction.

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3. Learning Outcomes

4. Based on my personal experience and training, I possess the:


Strongly Strongly
Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Agree

1. Ability to find academic research articles (peer-reviewed) in library


databases.

2. Ability to distinguish between sample and population.

3. Ability to recognize a correct interpretation of a p-value.

4. Ability to visualize and interpret a normal distribution.

5. Ability to describe a bivariate relationship of variables.

6. Understanding that low p-values are desirable in research studies.

7. Understanding that correlation between two variables does not mean cause
and effect relation.

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5. Skills & Knowledge Assessment

I have basic understanding of the following concepts of statistics and research

(select that applies to you):

1. Descriptive Statistics (percentile ranks, means, median, modes, standard deviation)

2. Inferential statistics (ANOVA, t-test, correlation, regression, etc)

3. Data analysis process

4. Independent and dependent variables

5. Normal distribution

6. Sample and population

7. Sampling distributions

8. Null and alternative hypotheses

9. Statistical significance and p-values

10. Confidence intervals

11. Other

Other (please specify)

6. I am confident in the use of

(select that applies to you)

1. Online surveys

2. Writing basic research reports

3. Finding research-based academic articles

4. Using library databases such as EBSCO, JSTOR or ERIC

5. Basic statistics (mean, standard deviation , frequency, etc.,)

6. Other

Other (please specify)

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4. Perception of Statistics and Research (Open ended questions)

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7. How do you perceive statistics training in education programs?

8. How relevant is teaching basic education research and statistics for pre-service teachers and or school
principals?

9. What is your level of knowledge of statistics instruction included in the college curriculum?

10. Have you observed meaningful application of statistics to school data used to inform educational
practices both school and district wide?

11. Please indicate the three most important purposes for which data analysis is used in your school.

12. What are the barriers or challenges to the use of student data to improve learning?

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5. Demographics
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13. Please classify your position

Principal or Assistant Principal

Elementary School Teacher

Middle School Teacher

High School Teacher

College Teacher/Professor

Other

Other (please specify)

14. What is your highest degree conferred?

Doctoral Degree (PhD/EdD, EdPsy)

Specialist Degree (EdS)

Masters Degree (MA, MEd, MS)

Bachelor's Degree (BA, BS, BBA)

Other

Other (please specify)

15. What is your gender?

Female

Male

16. How old are you now?


Please write only years
(e.g. 32)

17. Years of Experience?


Please type in years (e.g.
4 years)

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18. What is your primary teaching field or area of expertise? (e.g. special education, English, Math)

19. Please check the Statistics and/or Research course you've taken at the college level

None

Introductory Statistics

Introduction to Educational Research

Educational Statistics

Research writing and publication

Other

Other (please specify)