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Data Culture and the Organisation of Teachers’ Work
An Institutional Ethnography

ISBN 9780367517007
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
184 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Data Culture and the Organisation of Teachers’ Work provides an in-depth look at how the political and media scrutiny of teachers, pupils and schools now organises teaching and learning. Spina also examines how educational data is used in schools, and where it fails to take account of the everyday experiences of school leaders, teachers and students.

Drawing on primary research, and discussing practice in relation to the National Assessment Programme: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), this book discusses the strengths and weaknesses of a data-driven approach, the restrictions this can impose and how to navigate them as a teacher.

Ideal for scholars and postgraduate students of education, this book provides a comprehensive institutional, ethnographic look into the daily lived experiences of teachers, and the effects of standardised testing.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Chapter 1 Boom! And it’s all about data

Chapter 2 The Datafication of Education

Chapter 3 The Production of Data

Chapter 4 Performance Management of Principals: Data is the Only Game in Town

Chapter 5 Principal Responses: Data Stories, Data Conversations and High Yield Pedagogies

Chapter 6 Teachers’ Work: A Life Revolving Around Data

Chapter 7 Institutional Circuits: Intense and Never-Ending Work

Chapter 8 Implications and Possibilities: Data Cultures and the Organisation of Teachers’ Work


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Nerida Spina is a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.