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UW-Madison's Hora, Park publish paper in the Review of Higher Education

March 21, 2017
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora and Hyoung Joon Park recently published a new paper in the Review of Higher Education about about how faculty and administrators use, or don't use, data to inform teaching and learning.

Hora is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is housed within the School of Education. Hora is also an assistant professor of adult teaching and learning with the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies. Hora's research focuses on higher education-workforce relations, organizational change and classroom teaching in postsecondary contexts.

Park is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Park's research focuses on utilization-oriented evaluation, evidence-based practices, individual and organizational learning and STEM education.

The paper, titled "Data driven decision-making in the era of accountability: Fostering faculty data cultures for learning," is based on the TPDM project at WCER. Hora and Park co-authored the paper with Jana Bouema-Gearhart at Oregon State University. 

The paper details the status and attitudes in U.S. education at all levels toward the use of hard data in making educational policy choices and revisions. While data is important, the paper also stresses a balance between using data and more unique experiences to inform educational policy.

From the paper: "We ... encourage the field of higher education to shift gears and focus more on creating a culture of data use that supports both faculty and students as they engage in the learning process, rather than a sole focus on using 'hard data' to improve institutional efficiency and comply with accountability pressures."