A Model for Data-driven Knowledge Creation and Improved Accountability in Jamaican Public Schools through ICTs

By Ricardo Anthony Anderson.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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Knowledge discovery in databases and data mining has been used in several industries to improve decision making and bring significant competitive advantage especially in the retail industry. However, we believe these techniques are fairly underutilized in developing countries like Jamaica, though the benefits can be great. In this paper we discuss how information systems can be used to capture data that is relevant to the public school management and accountability framework. We further propose the use of knowledge discovery in databases and data mining to provide decision support and pre-emptive intervention programs for students. We posit that this may lead to a more integrated approach to the educational experience, where stakeholders can direct efforts more meaningfully towards students’ holistic development. We also discuss some progress made concerning school information systems in Jamaica, which can serve as an enabler to the use of these techniques and the model proposed.

Keywords: Knowledge Discovery in Databases, ICT in Education, Educational Data Mining, Knowledge Management

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 21, Issue 2, February 2015, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 441.061KB)).

Ricardo Anthony Anderson

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Computing, University of the West Indies, Jamaica -Western Campus, Kingston, Jamaica