Seemingly insignificant behavioral observations containing very specific attributes pointing towards an unmet customer need. Small data is the foundation for break through ideas or completely new ways to turnaround brands.
Sahlberg takes this concept and applies it to education. Some ‘small data’ practices he suggests include:
- Focus on formative assessment over standardised testing
- Develop collective autonomy and teamwork in schools
- Involve students in assessing and reflecting their own learning and then incorporating that information into collective human judgment about teaching and learning
This move away from standardisation is something championed by people like Greg Whitby.