The Datafication of Primary and Early Years Education explores and critically analyses the growing dominance of data in schools and early childhood education settings. Recognising the shift in practice and priorities towards the production and analysis of attainment data that are compared locally, nationally and internationally, this important book explores the role and impact of digital data in the `data-obsessed' school. Through insightful case studies the book critiques policy priorities which facilitate and demand the use of attainment data, within a neoliberal education system which is already heavily focused on assessment and accountability. Using an approach influenced by policy sociology and post-foundational frameworks, the book considers how data are productive of data-driven teacher and child subjectivities. The text explores how data have become an important part of making teachers' work visible within systems which are both disciplinary and controlling, while often reducing the complexity of children's learning to single numbers.
Key ideas covered include:
The impact of data on the individual teacher and their pedagogical practice, particularly in play-based early years classrooms
The problems of collecting data through assessment of young children
How schools respond to increased pressure to produce the `right' data - or how they `play with numbers'
How data affect children and teachers' identities
International governance and data comparison, including international comparison of young children's attainment
Private sector involvement in data processing and analysis
The Datafication of Primary and Early Years Education offers a unique insight into the links between data, policy and practice and is a crucial read for all interested in the ways in which data are affecting teachers, practitioners and children.
Alice Bradbury is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education, Practice and Society at the UCL Institute of Education, UK. Guy Roberts-Holmes is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Learning and Leadership at the UCL Institute of Education, UK.
Chapter 1: Introduction: the state, data and primary education Chapter 2: Theorising and researching data in education Chapter 3: Datafication in the classroom: The production of data-driven subjectivities Chapter 4: Data, reductionism and the problems of assessing young children Chapter 5: Schools' responses to datafication and the visibility of performance Chapter 6: International datafication and business opportunities Chapter 7: Datafied learner identities: Towards an understanding of the future of data in education References