A must read: 6 examples of misuse of (big) data

Donald Clark has written a blog post on misuse of (big) data and well, the examples are pretty well-known: Ken Robinson, Learning theories, Pisa,…

“I am a fan of Big Data in education, even though it’s really closer to ‘large or little’ sets of data. However, we must be wary of data when it is used to exaggerated claims through addition or subtraction or spearhead prescriptive programmes and extreme testing. I am appalled at the way politicians and educators take up PISA, PIAC and OECD data, with little or no detailed examination of their assumptions or relative values and use it to shape prescriptive policies that do more harm than good. Big Data in the hands of little brains is downright dangerous.”

 

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