Attending to data: exploring the use of attendance data within the datafied school

Selwyn, Neil, Pangrazio, Luci and Cumbo, Bronwyn 2021, Attending to data: exploring the use of attendance data within the datafied school, Research in education, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1177/0034523720984200.

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Title Attending to data: exploring the use of attendance data within the datafied school
Author(s) Selwyn, Neil
Pangrazio, LuciORCID iD for Pangrazio, Luci
Cumbo, Bronwyn
Journal name Research in education
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021-01-06
ISSN 0034-5237
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Summary Contemporary schooling is seen to be altering significantly in light of a combined ‘digitisation’ and ‘datafication’ of key processes. This paper examines the nature and conditions of the datafied school by exploring how a relatively prosaic and longstanding school metric (student attendance data) is being produced and used in digital form. Drawing on empirical data taken from in-depth qualitative studies in three contrasting Australian secondary schools, the paper considers ‘anticipatory’, ‘analytical’ and ‘administrative’ aspects of how digitally-mediated attendance data is produced, used and imagined by school staff. Our findings foreground a number of constraints, compromises and inconsistencies that are usually glossed-over in enthusiasms for ‘data-driven’ education. It is argued that these findings highlight the messy realities of schools’ current relationships with digital data, and the broader logics of school datafications.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0034523720984200
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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