Picturing student progress : teachers' comprehension of curriculum-based measurement progress graphs

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Picturing student progress : teachers' comprehension of curriculum-based measurement progress graphs

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Picturing student progress : teachers' comprehension of curriculum-based measurement progress graphs
Author: Bosch, R. M. van den
Issue Date: 2018-11-22
Keywords: Students with learning difficulties
Students with dyslexia
Data-based decision-making
Progress monitoring
Teachers
Graph comprehension
Think-aloud
Eye-tracking
Randomized control trial
Abstract: This dissertation focused on teachers’ comprehension of student progress graphs from a progress-monitoring system called Curriculum-based Measurement (CBM). CBM is designed for teachers to monitor the progress of students with learning disabilities and to evaluate instructional effectiveness for these students (Deno, 1985, 2003). Within CBM, short measures are administered to students frequently, and scores on those measures are depicted in individual progress graphs. Teachers inspect the graphs to evaluate student progress and effects of instruction. When teachers use CBM to monitor student progress and when they respond to the data by making instructional changes, student achievement improves; however, teachers often do not use the data (Stecker, Fuchs, & Fuchs, 2005). One potential reason might be that teachers have difficulty reading and interpreting the graphs. This dissertation focused on teachers’ ability to read and interpret – to comprehend – CBM graphs. We employed think-aloud and eye-tracking methodologies to examine how teachers described and inspected CBM graphs. We also examined approaches for improving teachers’ CBM graph comprehension. Results revealed that teachers experience difficulties with inspecting CBM graphs, and with reading, interpreting, and linking CBM data to instruction, but that teachers’ CBM graph comprehension can be improved via relatively short CBM instructional videos.
Promotor: Supervisor: Espin C.A. Co-Supervisor: Saab N.
Faculty: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
University: Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/67118
 

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