PART 1: EXAMPLES OF DATA OUT OF CONTEXT From Frenemy to BFF, Making Data Work for You!
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Example 2: Data Without Social Context The 2013 Student Success Scorecard reveals that only 49.2% of students in the California Community Colleges achieved “completion”
Example 2: A More Complete Picture… The 2013 Student Success Scorecard reveals that: only 49.2% of students in the CCCs achieved “completion”
Example 3: Raw Numbers vs. Rates Beware small N’s!
Example 4: Change occurs slowly… and in small ways
PART 2: WHY WE’RE DOING THIS NOW From Frenemy to BFF, Making Data Work for You!
A Shift in Thinking FROM: Data are complicated spreadsheets Data are cold, hard numbers Data are scary TO: Data are just information (quantitative OR qualitative) Wait! Data are just information; I gather and use data all the time!
A Shift in Thinking FROM: Data can be used to point out our deficiencies and/or what we’re not doing well Data are the ‘stick’ that policymakers will use to punish us TO: Data can be used to *confirm* and *convey* what we already know (or suspect) about how well all our students are learning Data are the ‘carrot’ that we can use to express what we are doing
A Shift in Thinking FROM: Data don’t capture the subtleties or nuances in teaching and learning TO: Data (information) is the *only* way to concisely convey the “story of the whole”; however, quantitative data are best paired with qualitative information for context, to convey the most complete story including subtlety and nuance.
The value of using both Qualitative and Quantitative descriptions of student learning Quantitative: The story of the whole; How did the whole class do? Qualitative: Provides context for the quantitative data. Instructor Reflections Examples
(2) Examples of MPC’s Program Reflections w/ both quantitative & qualitative data…telling the story of the whole Instructor Reflection: English (Laura Headley, Adjunct Instructor) Program Reflection: Student Services (Student Financial Services Department)