Deepen Teacher Inquiry Series - Part 10

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice
— Stephen Few

This week we journey into the area of evidence analysis. Over the last few weeks, we have looked at the kinds of evidence that teachers can collect as part of their inquiry. Now we are at the point where we have done the following steps of the inquiry process:

  • Collected our pre-inquiry evidence
  • Actioned the change in teaching strategy
  • Collected our post-inquiry evidence

We are now at a point where we have evidence, what are we going to do with it?

Fichman-Dana ( 2013) highlights the importance of analysing data in more than one way.

“Playing with your quantitative data means more than just simply creating a chart, graph of a table and drawing conclusions.”

While so much data analysis is one of the most rewarding and exciting components of engaging in an inquiry it can also appear to be the most difficult - especially what to do with data that isn't quantifiable.  Some teacher researchers experience a sense of trepidation as they approached summative data analysis that can become paralysing.

If I hear you muttering, “Okay, I have collected all of the stuff but I have no clue of what to do with it now.”

You may be experiencing the first symptom of the common ailment called data analysis paralysis.

Summative data analysis gives you the opportunity to learn a great deal about what is happening for the learning of the students and the impact of teacher actions and strategies. It can also bring to fore ways to improve the learning experience for the students.

So next week we will explore evidence analysis further - what can be done with Quantitative and Qualitative evidence to achieve clarity of teacher impacts in learning.



Fichtman Dana, N. (2013). Digging Deeper into Action Research. California: Corwin

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