The Ethical Use of Data in Education: Promoting Responsible Policies and Practices
This volume brings together experts on various aspects of education to address many of the emerging issues and problems that affect how data are being used or misused in educational contexts.
Readers will learn about the importance of using data effectively, responsibly, and ethically to fully understand how cognitive fallacies occur and how they impact decision-making. They will understand how codes of ethics deal with the use of data within education as well as in other disciplines.
Chapters provide a landscape view of the regulations that pertain to data use and policies that have emerged, including the impact of accountability on data use and data ethics. The text covers data ethics in local education agencies, professional development, educator preparation, testing programs, and educational technology.
Each chapter offers recommendations to improve awareness among educators, stakeholders, and other interested groups and suggest actions that can be taken to enhance educators’ capacity to use data responsibly. A final use case chapter describes the importance of data ethics in terms of equity in schools and includes salient examples of ethical dilemmas, with questions and reflections on how ethics and equity apply to each situation.
The conclusion addresses data ethics in terms of professionalism and poses several recommendations that challenge educators to raise awareness of data ethics and integrate them into educational practice.
- Discusses how accountability affects effective data, including the pressure on schools and districts to perform better on test scores or other indicators.
- Outlines ten recommendations for how professional development can incorporate data ethics in practice.
- Reviews the expectations and realities of preparing educators for data literacy, including an example of one teacher education program’s integrated, curriculum-wide approach.
- Considers the role of testing companies in ethical data use, including issues around equity in assessment data.
- Explores how educational technologies, platforms, and applications impact data use.
Praise for this Resource
“This book introduces rich conversations about the ethical use of data in education, traditional and digital. Its relevance will only grow as ubiquitous student data collection, and data exploitation, grow exponentially.”Anthony E. Kelly, associate dean for research, George Mason University
“This book couldn’t be more timely. Educators, learners, and other users of education data are grappling with a pandemic that has upended data-collection processes and infrastructure and laid bare the inequities built into the system. Meanwhile, educational institutions find themselves at the center of a renewed emphasis on racial justice, while being inundated with new, technology-based tools that promise a dramatic increase in the provision of data to inform decision-making. The contributors to this volume provide a diversity of expert perspectives about a variety of use cases, highlighting the critical role that ethics must play in helping to ensure that data use will benefit learners and promote equity.”Laura Hamilton, associate vice president, research centers, Educational Testing Service
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