Education

Tree climbing or life-long learning – what’s the real AIM of our education system?

By Guest Post / July 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

In our schools, targets and rankings cause cheating, focus on achievement, and drive in fear and suck the joy out of learning.

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Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education

By deming / April 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

Sharon Lohr presented the 2014 American Statistical Association (ASA) Deming Lecture – Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education (slides with notes and references). Dr. Lohr earned her doctorate in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she learned about Deming’s philosophy and met Dr. Deming. Quoting W. Edwards Deming in her […]

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David Langford Presentation on Motivation and System Improvement

By deming / February 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

David Langford’s presentation at our 2015 annual conference was titled: Education – Implementation Intentions and Automatization. David included a clip from one of my favorite shows, Utopia (called Dreamland in USA) with a vivid example of a performance appraisal experience. David also discusses the problems created by using extrinsic motivation to drive improved measures. As […]

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Ravi Roy on Teaching Deming’s Ideas at Southern Utah University

By deming / December 5, 2016 / 0 Comments

In this Deming Institute podcast, Deming Fellow Ravi Roy discusses teaching Deming’s ideas at Southern Utah University.

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Change the Situation – Get a Different Result

By deming / November 3, 2016 / 0 Comments

David Langford’s presentation at the 2015 Deming in Education conference starts with a clip from Clare Crawford Mason’s PBS presentation on Mt. Edgecumbe High School, in Sitka, Alaska. Deming was a champion of the individual. He would go into companies and he would just berate management, but he loved the workers… He would say things […]

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Finding Joy In Learning: Applying Deming’s Theory to Schools

By deming / September 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

Presentation by Michael King and Jane Kovacs at the 2015 Deming in Education conference – Finding Joy In Learning: Applying Deming’s Theory to Schools. The speakers work for Quality Learning Australasia (QLA). QLA’s website has quite a bit of useful information. One of the tools they used in the presentation is a Lotus diagram which […]

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Exploring Complex Problems Using Systems Thinking

By deming / August 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

Cornell Policy Review published a special issue exploring the application of systems thinking to public policy problems. Graduate students were given an introduction to systems thinking and then applied the concepts to address issues their field. Students applied systems thinking to a wide array of problems, and they reported finding DSRP [distinctions, systems, relationships, and […]

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Red Bead Experiment Simulation

By deming / July 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

I ran across this simulation via a post on an e-learning web site. The community has challenges to create short simulations on various concepts and one of the challenges focused on the red bead experiment: the comments have links to various attempts. Remember these are created as an exercise by people that don’t necessarily have […]

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Why Some Things in Education Work….and Others Don’t

By deming / July 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

Presentation by JW Wilson at our 2015 Deming in Education conference: Why Some Things in Education Work….and Others Don’t: There is a mismatch between what science knows and what education does. This is true in education and management. We are not very effective at adjusting existing practices based on new knowledge. In his presentation JW […]

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Silos to Systems: Presentation by Lisa Snyder

By deming / June 16, 2016 / 0 Comments

Silos to Systems: Our Journey to World Class – presentation by Lisa Snyder at the First Annual Deming in Education conference. In one of the videos included in the presentation we hear this quote In this model you really are a team of teachers. And that is a shift in mindset a shift in thinking […]

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