Publication Date: November 5, 2021
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. Chapter authors recommend steps 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.
Ellen B. Mandinach is senior research scientist and director of the Data for Decisions Initiative at WestEd. Edith S. Gummer is the founder of PNWEvaluAnd and former executive director for the Office of Data Strategy at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
“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