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How school and district leaders access, perceive, and use research

Resource Type
Dataset : observational data
  • Penuel, William (University of Colorado-Boulder)
  • Briggs, Derek (University of Colorado-Boulder)
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    This study examined how school and district leaders access, value, and use research. From a representative sample of school districts across the United States, we surveyed 733 school and district leaders as part of an effort to develop understanding of the prevalence of research use, the nature of leaders’ attitudes toward research, and individual and organizational correlates of research use. School and district leaders alike reported frequent use of research use and generally positive attitudes toward research. Leaders reported accessing research primarily through their professional networks. Those in certain roles, those pursuing or holding an advanced degree, and those who reported a strong organizational culture of evidence use reported higher levels of research use. These findings suggest that policy efforts to promote evidence use among education leaders will be welcomed but that policy makers need to take into account the prevalence of various types of research use in designing supports for evidence use.
  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: 51.5%
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-01-01 / 2016-12-31
    Time Period: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2015--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016
  • 2015-01-01 / 2016-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2015--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • USA
  • Cites
    DOI: 10.1177/2332858417705370 (Text)
  • Penuel, William R., Derek C. Briggs, Kristen L. Davidson, Corinne Herlihy, David Sherer, Heather C. Hill, Caitlin Farrell, and Anna-Ruth Allen. “How School and District Leaders Access, Perceive, and Use Research.” AERA Open 3, no. 2 (April 2017): 233285841770537.
    • ID: 10.1177/2332858417705370 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-11-29 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-11-29

Penuel, William; Briggs, Derek (2019): How school and district leaders access, perceive, and use research. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.