Data Use, Technology, and Educational Leadership
Here’s a video of Alan Daly discussing his paper exploring social network analysis (SNA) and its potential to illuminate issues in school data use. This past summer I attended the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis workshop, and it was a blast. I highly recommend it. The instructors and gaggles of TAs were all very talented and patient.
A lot of people confuse SNA with social media. Very briefly, SNA helps to reveal the underlying patterns and relationships among people and events. Often, formal organizational charts don’t capture our actual patterns of interaction (who we trust; who we go to for advice on pedagogy versus advice on student discipline; how “well-connected” each of us are to each other). Accordingly, analysts often use sociograms to get a better picture of the underlying relationships. Catch the video above to get a sense for what SNA might mean for data use. This is only the start to more fruitful investigations of the matter.