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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Lawrence Hrubes

Lawrence Hrubes

How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers - The New York Times - 0 views

  • TWO of our most vital industries, health care and education, have become increasingly subjected to metrics and measurements. Of course, we need to hold professionals accountable. But the focus on numbers has gone too far. We’re hitting the targets, but missing the point.
  • We also need more research on quality measurement and comparing different patient populations. The only way to understand whether a high mortality rate, or dropout rate, represents poor performance is to adequately appreciate all of the factors that contribute to these outcomes — physical and mental, social and environmental — and adjust for them.
  • He developed what is known as Donabedian’s triad, which states that quality can be measured by looking at outcomes (how the subjects fared), processes (what was done) and structures (how the work was organized).
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  • “The secret of quality is love,” he said.
Lawrence Hrubes

How to Talk to Children About Terrorism - The New York Times - 0 views

  • French newspapers and TV shows have done stories and special issues on how to talk to kids about the attacks. I’ve been reading them avidly. Their advice springs straight from Françoise Dolto, the influential psychoanalyst who was the French equivalent of Dr. Spock: Be honest.
Lawrence Hrubes

Photographic education for all - BBC News - 0 views

  • "I don't think a classroom is an appropriate place to teach any more." This is not the sort of thing you'd expect a National Teaching Fellow and award winning university lecturer to say, but Jonathan Worth has backed his words up with actions and his latest photography class has removed itself from educational institutions completely.
Lawrence Hrubes

Students 'cannot multi-task with mobiles and study' - BBC News - 0 views

  • Researchers found that students sending and receiving messages while studying scored lower test results and were less effective at tasks such as note taking.The study examined how a generation of "voracious texters" might be affected by so many online distractions.It found that when students did not use mobiles, they were better at being able to recall information.
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