School data for all: exploring the opportunities of open data in schools
Professor Neil Selwyn
Dr Michael Henderson
Project status: Current
On the whole, researchers have reported school use of data as largely regulatory and ‘top-down’ – serving primarily to control the activities of those who work within schools. Thus, despite the expansion of school-related digital data, most data germane to the better running of schools remain inaccessible to many people within school organizations – particularly those outside of school administrative and managerial structures, such as classroom teachers, students and parents. ‘Open data’ provision and practices offer a potential means of supporting more efficient and equitable use of data within schools. This project is distinguished by its focus on: (i) supporting schools to ‘build-their-own’ open data systems and practices; and (ii) then evaluating how these open data tools and techniques are used ‘in the wild’ of the school context.