A Study on Training Needs of Data Driven Decision Making For Public Sector Secondary School Administrators
Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM) is a tool of management. No Child Left behind Act of 2001 asked to introduce data driven decision making, accountability, collaboration and autonomy in schools to improve school education. In Pakistan, the educational administrators are not trained in data driven decision making. This training requires essential knowledge and skill of data driven decision making process. It also requires conviction on the part of school administrator and teachers for school improvement. They are required to think it in the stream of their professional responsibility Present study is about Training Needs of Data Driven Decision Making for public sector secondary School Administrators” was carried out to know about the practices and training needs of data driven decision making of the public sector secondary school administrators of district Gujrat. An instrument was developed carrying 44 statements under five factors i.e.1. Use o f data. 2. School policy. 3. Professional development. 4. School organizational operation. 5. Collaboration with community. There are 271 schools in public sector at secondary level (boys and girls) in district Gujrat. The schools were randomly chosen and questionnaires were distributed and collected back. The data was analyzed on SPSS-16 with the help of Likert type scale. This scale carries 1-5 points as its value. The conclusions were drawn in relevance with objectives. The results illustrated that public sector school administrators were unable to provide technology, make databases, use spread sheets to analyze and draw conclusions on scientific basis. They helped to change the attitude of faculty toward data use in schools but unable to change their beliefs as it is a long process. The resource crunch hinders professional development, instructional and curriculum changes which badly affect school efficiency. The results unwrapped that the public sector school administrators abhorred outreach to community which may improve a school. Keeping in view the results of conclusion it is suggested that orientation and training of public sector school administrators are very much needed but it may be launched and managed by provincial education authority.
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