Did students who get different results were similar? Information technological review of educational case in California USA

Zukhri Zainudin, Khairuddin Omar

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This paper is presented to explain information technological review of educational case in California USA. The case showed that there is a misconception of similarity on educational front and makes a fatal outcome where 'similar' students got different results. In that case, grouping of students was only based on sorting method, which is an inappropriate approach for classification. Grouping of any object should involve an approach with a right concept of similarity. That is clustering method. In this context, to define a group of students as similar or dissimilar is not based on sorting process, but it is based on clustering process. The California educational case is an ironic case, since clustering method has been developed in form of software in various versions and has been applied in a wide range of fields. It looks like the rapidly development of Information Technology (IT) has been given no impact on the process of student classification. Since the significance of classification in education, it is the exact time to change sorting-based similar concept into clustering-based similar concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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Keywords

  • Academic performance index
  • Clustering
  • Different result
  • School characteristic index
  • Similar student

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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