[Assessment 1512] Re: what is the definition of data

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Marie Cora marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
Thu Dec 11 12:19:09 EST 2008

Hi George and everyone,

Thanks so much for this question George. It is always good to start at the

What do people think? I noted in a post earlier this week that my
definition of data is quite broad - I said that data pretty much equals
information - can't really get broader than that!

But I see where you are coming from George.

What do other people think? When you hear "data", what do you think about?
Is your idea more narrow or broader? Is it a scary term or a welcome term,
and why?

This discussion would speak directly to staff buy-in: if everyone has a
different idea of what data is and how it can be used, then that's tough. A
few folks have discussed related ideas to this in other posts.


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Good morning all.

The term "data" is being used a great deal in these discussions and the
posts are very informative. I do want to check in here: What is meant by
"data" and how is that distinguished, if at all, from other sources of
information ort evidence bearing on how, in what contexts, what, and how
rapidly students come to learn, which, depending on the definition of
learning as at the least, some shift in awareness, is probably taking place
more or less in all situations.


George Demetrion

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