Au Revoir

And so the end. The end of what has been, for me, a long and sometimes perilous journey of MA study. It has been a revelation and I would recommend anyone to do it while you can. Having felt like Kevin Costner in “Field of Dreams” at the start of this, I built it and I’m glad you came. I have enjoyed reading your entries and trying to make sense of them through Foucault’s poststructuralist lens. I regret not being able to share this with my dad who was an educational missionary himself. No doubt he would have joined in with his usual irreverent humour. As Costner says ““I never got to play catch with my Dad”.

This final blog is solely for your self reflection, what you have thought about your own and the other respondents perception of the use of data. But perhaps more importantly, has taking part made a difference to you in any way and do you “think otherwise”?

So, if you could take a little time to pen a reflective entry on your thoughts and your own journey through this process it would be much appreciated, even if you have only read and posted little.

7 thoughts on “Au Revoir

  1. I’ve really enjoyed participating in this blog and thought it was a genuinely engaging educational experience, which forced me to reflect on my own role, behaviour, etc. It was perhaps more valuable than a lot of training day experiences I’ve had over the years. In fact, can we claim it as disaggregated training? Boss?

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  2. I concur with badrowena. I’ve enjoyed engaging with the pedagogy again and reflecting on the effectiveness of current educational practice.

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  3. Reading the articles and comments has given me comfort knowing that we as educators often feel the same about data (and other practices!). Although we may teach different subjects and manage different teams, we have common goals and therefore often meet the same obstacles. Since I find myself in the race to complete everything that needs to be done for the year, being reflective does get left behind. However, the blog has been an excellent platform to take some time out for reflection and we should have a platform like this to continually reflect and be creative.

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  4. Following this blog, I have begun to see the value of data, I’m still sceptical about it but more of an agnostic now, rather than an ‘atheist’! As long as we use data for the right purposes and not as a means to an end or as a way to beat us with a stick, then I can see the value of it. It has been comforting to know that others share the same scepticism, but it has also been challenging to see that many of us can see the positives of data, you could almost say I’ve had a revelation!

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  5. Admittedly my contributions have been minimal, but i have enjoyed reading the blogs and the associated reparte with Mr G. My view of Data has not changed significantly, i know it is necessary and it does not have to be an evil!

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  6. This has been an interesting debate, but in the end, I am less concerned about the principle of the use of data in education – or in some academics’ theories about power and authority – and much more about pragmatics. Where centrally prescribed data is clearly faulty and has unintended consequences (as was, for example, success rates) professionals should shout loudly against their uncritical use by external agencies such as Ofsted and the DfE. What is most important internally is to use whatever data is available but to do so a). understanding exactly what it is and is not revealing, b). triangulate it with other sources of information, and c). recognise that what is measurable isn’t all that is valuable.

    Inglewood

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  7. As with most things in life it is about creating and maintaining balance. I’d call myself a true fence sitter and always wanting to see both sides. Sadly I am often forced to come down off the fence but I know my heart can still well and truly straddle!!! Part of me secretly enjoys a good bit of data but the rebel inside me just wants to throw it out of a window as, let’s face it, data doesn’t give you a hug and make you feel better.

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