Systems Thinking Tools for Improving Evidence-based Practice: A Cross-Case Analysis of Two High School Leadership Teams
- The High School Journal
- The University of North Carolina Press
- Volume 95, Number 2, December/January 2012
- pp. 32-53
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Teachers and administrators have access to large volumes of data but research suggests that they lack the skills to use data effectively for continuous school improvement. This study involved a cross-case analysis of two high school leadership teams' early stages of evidence-based practice development; differing forms of external support were present in each school. The conceptual framework guiding the study integrates literature related to communities of practice, effective professional development, evidence-based practice, systems thinking, and dialogue. Findings suggest the value of data rooms, professional development focused on individual data interpretation skills, collective dialogue skills, and systems thinking skills for developing a community of evidence-based practice.