Data use by flemish school principals : impact of attitude, self-efficacy and external expectationsData use by flemish school principals : impact of attitude, self-efficacy and external expectations
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Educational studies. - Abingdon
40(2014):1, p. 48-62
University of Antwerp
There is an increasing expectation that school principals use data to develop and justify school policy. There is also a strong belief among a wide variety of stakeholders that the quality of decisions within the school increases in proportion to the extent to which these decisions are based on good data. In most schools, however, it appears that data use is still quite limited. Research shows that the school principal plays a key role in data use in schools. In the present study, we examine the impact of external expectations, attitude and self-efficacy on the use of data by principals. The results of a survey among 451 school principals in Flanders show that affective aspects of attitude exhibit the strongest correlation with data use by principals. The impact of cognitive attitude and self-efficacy is statistically significant, but quite limited. The same applies to the perception of external school development-orientated and accountability-orientated expectations to use data.