Presentation on theme: "Count This, This Counts! “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Einstein."— Presentation transcript:
Count This, This Counts! “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Einstein
Father Sarducci: Five Minute University *** AUDIO ONLY ***
Advances ignite fierce debate. Do users have an unfair advantage? “The problem is that poorer countries and athletes are increasingly at a disadvantage because they cannot afford or get access to the latest high- tech gear and training techniques. “What you have now is ‘have countries’ and ‘have not’ countries,” Katz said.
Slowness and Quality Artisan – Slow rather than - Industrial – Efficiency and Acceleration Standardization - Technology – Slowness is fundamental to quality – Nature doesn’t work on the principle that fast is better. – Acceleration is a trend, not a law
What does Standardization of Education by Design produce? "When the information network promises to eliminate any reason to travel or to touch something palpable other than a keyboard or a mouse, we search all the more intensely for the personal and the tactile." Ralph Caplan - Do it yourself – The Typewriter “The numbing of America is the state in which we become so far removed from the processes by which our artifacts are made that we don’t understand either them or ourselves.” Ralph Caplan The Thermos - It keeps my coffee hot and my lemonade cold. How does it know? -
Longitudinal Growth One Man’s Stand AFTER 22 YEARS OF WALKING THE PLANET AND 17 YEARS OF SILENCE, JOHN FRANCIS LEARNED THAT THE BEST WAY FOR US TO SAVE MOTHER EARTH IS SIMPLY TO CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER. NOW HE’S SPREADING THE WORD.
Longitudinal Study Questions What becomes of Big Picture graduates in higher education, occupations, families, and communities? What makes a difference in these outcomes? – High school experiences – Transition support – College conditions – Personal qualities
Study Purposes Track student outcomes Understand conditions for successful transitions to college and careers Inform school improvement Support alumni
Study Mission The Big Picture Longitudinal study tracks the lives of students from high school until age 30 in order to document their outcomes, inform school improvement, and support the continued personal and professional development of alumni…
18 Robert Sternberg Componential Ability to interpret information hierarchically in a well defined and unchanging context. Standardized tests. Experiential Ability to interpret information in changing contexts, be creative. Standardized tests DO NOT measure. Contextual Ability to adapt to a changing environment, ability to handle & negotiate the system. Standardized tests DO NOT measure.
19 Non-Cognitive Variables Self- Concept Realistic Self- Appraisal Handling System/Racism Long- Range Goals Leadership Strong Support Person Community Nontraditional Learning
20 System Advantages of Non-cognitive Variable Research based Multiple ways to assess Retention related Can use at all levels of education Considers diversity Tested legally Revise to fit situation-flexible No cost Admissions, financial aid, student services, teaching, advising Community building School counselors approve
21 rs Gates Millennium Scholars Administered by the United Negro College Fund with assistance from Hispanic Scholarship Fund, American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, & Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Awards 1,000 new scholarships to entering freshmen Last dollar scholarship award Renewable through graduate school in math, science, engineering, library science, education & public health Award period–up to 5 years undergraduate & 4 years graduate 20 year 1.5 billion $ program
22 Gates Millennium Scholars Selection Criteria African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American Federal Pell Grant eligible Citizen/legal permanent resident or national of U.S. 3.3 High School GPA Curriculum Rigor Non-cognitive Variables
23 Gates Millennium Scholars Outcomes Over 11,000 Scholars funded Freshman retention 97%; sophomore 95% 5 year program retention rate 88% 5 year graduation rate 78% Scholar higher education GPA mean = 3.25 Raters within each racial group trained to evaluate noncognitive variables -Alpha reliability =.92 Scholars from 50 states & American Samoa, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Scholars in over 1450 colleges and universities Scholars more likely to attend: selective, private, residential schools
Some Challenges In the 1830's, Dr. Louis studied the effect of bloodletting, or bleeding — the standard treatment of the time — on pneumonia. The data showed that bleeding didn't work," Dr. Louis rejected this as “terrifying and absurd." So, he made a recommendation: bleed earlier and bleed harder.” Sound familiar? Carnegie Unit – Mastery – 10,000 hours – Plateau – Passion, technique, mastery – a-g matrix Teacher Training – Heuristics – Eureka - Epiphany Leading with Relevance and Relationships – Life to Text Leaving and Lost – Gates, Jobs, Dell, Wright…… - “A program of resumed engagement, since it is not necessarily so that education was interrupted.” Ralph Caplan Community Colleges – 25%
If you are artisinal rather than industrial: What is/are your edge to the middle changes? What data are you going to collect? How does your staff learn from one another? Common sense is a curious name for something so rare. Mark Twain