Check out our “Our Work” page for two newly released reports of findings from surveys conducted by NCRPP on educational leaders’ research use, attitudes, and knowledge.
Technical Report: Findings from a National Study on Research Use Among School and District Leaders
NCRPP’s first technical report, Findings from a National Study on Research Use Among School and District Leaders, presents results from a nationally representative survey of principals and district leaders in the nation’s mid- and large-sized school districts. A total of 733 school and district leaders responded to the survey from 45 states and 485 school districts.
The survey focused on how these educational leaders use research to inform their decision making, identifying three types of research use defined in earlier studies: instrumental use of research to guide or inform a specific decision; conceptual use of research to inform the way a person views a problem or possible solutions; and symbolic use of research to persuade others or legitimate a decision already made.
School and district leaders also answered questions about their attitudes toward research, their efforts to acquire it, and the culture of research use in their organizations. Finally, an open-ended survey item asked school and district leaders to name a specific piece of research they found useful.
The full technical report shares the results of the national survey overall and by seven types of professional roles: Deputy, Associate & Network Superintendents; Curriculum & Instruction Supervisors; Special Education Supervisors; Assessment, Accountability & Research Supervisors; School Principals; Federal Programs Directors; and Multi-Role Leaders.
Brief Report: Survey of Research Attitudes and Use in the Nation’s Largest Districts
Our brief report, Survey of Research Attitudes and Use in the Nation’s Largest Districts, presents results of a smaller administration of the same national survey described above, focused on central office staff members in districts with over 50,000 students. A total of 271 central office staff members from 32 of the largest districts in the U.S. completed this round of the survey.
The brief report shares the results of the focused round of the survey overall and by four types of professional roles in the district: Area & School Supervision; Curriculum & Instruction; Special Education; and Assessment, Accountability & Research.
Click here to read our key findings and access the full reports.
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