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From Democratic to "Need to Know"

Title: From Democratic to "Need to Know": Linking Distributed Leadership to Data Cultures in the Florida College System.
Name(s): Brower, Rebecca L, author
Mokher, Christine G., author
Bertrand Jones, Tamara, author
Cox, Bradley E., author
Hu, Shouping, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2020-01-13
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This multiple case study examines the extent and ways in which leaders and administrators in Florida College System (FCS) institutions engage in distributed leadership through data sharing with frontline staff. Based on focus groups and individual interviews with administrators, faculty, and staff (659 participants) from 21 state colleges, we found a continuum of three data cultures ranging from democratic data cultures to blended data cultures to “need to know” data cultures. We triangulate these results with survey data from FCS institutional leaders and find considerable variation in the extent of data sharing and perceptions of effectiveness of institutional data use. Institutions with democratic data cultures tended to have distributed leadership that encouraged information sharing and collaboration among staff to use data to inform change. Need-to-know institutions faced challenges, including weak data quality, concerns about adequate time and resources among staff for reviewing data, and perceptions that staff lack data literacy skills.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1580402559_5f1d8392 (IID), 10.1177/2332858419899065 (DOI)
Keywords: Case studies, Community colleges, Data utilization, Decision making, Educational policy, Focus group interviews, In-depth interviewing, Information processing, Leadership, Mixed methods, Survey research
Publication Note: This is an open access publication
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: AERA Open .
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 6

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Brower, R. L., Mokher, C. G., Bertrand Jones, T., Cox, B. E., & Hu, S. (2020). From Democratic to "Need to Know": Linking Distributed Leadership to Data Cultures in the Florida College System. Aera Open . Retrieved from