Within the library of instruments, EdInstruments catalogues Schooling assessments for users to compare options for use in research and practice. Included in this category are measurement tools representing subcategories: including Teaching and School Climate. The full spectrum of Schooling measurement tools will also include measures of School Culture, Instructional Focus and Leadership instruments.
Each of EdInstruments’ four categories contain several “layers” that help to organize the collection of measurement tools housed within each category. The first layer users can explore are the subcategories. An initial period of background research is conducted to understand the landscape of a category, in order to determine which subcategories are essential to include. The next layer within each subcategory are “domains.” Each subcategory has its own respective domains that serve as an additional level of organization within the collection of measurement tools. As users navigate through the instrument list(s), they can narrow and/or expand search parameters using these layers of organization; thus, allowing the personalization of their search for tools based on specified needs.
Within the Schooling category, School Climate and Teaching serve as subcategories, while more granular domains (e.g. culturally responsive teaching within the Teaching subcategory and institutional environments within the School Climate subcategory.)