Colaboratory I: "What Ought to be"

TRIGGERING QUESTION:What do you think Michigan teachers and schools “ought to do" for ALL students to learn math?


In response to the triggering question, participants generated 70 vision requirements. Through a structured, democratic process, participants converged on the most influential requirements then determined which of those would have the biggest systemic impact. The map (below) indicates that if we were to make significant progress in addressing requirement #24 - DISTRICTS AND SCHOOLS WITH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT SUPPORT AND ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING OF MATH - that would help significantly in addressing the other vision requirements above it.

Some of the interesting data that emerged from this CoLaboratory focusing on the vision Requirements are:

  • The Total Number of Vision Requirements generated (N) = 70
  • The Total Number of Vision Requirments receiving one or mote Votes (V) = 26
  • The Total Number of Distinct Connections in the Requirements Map (K) = 30
  • The Number of Requirements in the Map (R) = 12
  • The Divergence from a Total Agreement (D) = 32%
  • The Situational Complexity Index (SCI) = 4.63

The total number of preference votes cast were equal to 87 votes. The total number of votes received by the 12 Requirements selected for Mapping is equal to 68 (78.2%). So more than 3/4 of the Requirments voted by the participants as being of higher relative importance were mapped in Figure 5. The three most important Requirements, namely # 8, 25, and 59, received 27 out of 87 votes (31%). Requirements #25 and 8, with 9 votes each, ended up as being drivers in the Root Cause Map, which is a very unusual phenomenon.

The three Requirements identified as drivers in the Root Cause Map, namely # 24, 25, and 8. received only 21 votes out of 87 votes (24%); however, these 3 Requirements exert the most leverage in the attainment of the vision of MIMI and should be given prefereantial consideration in the implementation plan.

Finally, the production of the Root Cause Map required the participants to answer 60 pairwise questions out of a total of 132 questions that they would have to answer if they did not use the CSII software. This means that they answered only 45.5% of questions, contributing to a saving of about 55% in terms of the time required to construct a Root Cause Map for the Requirments identified.

The Root Cause Map is a snapshot of the the ideal vision for MIMI, as displayed graphically in the Design and Development Frame that has been adopted for this program.

March 17 (1:00 - 4:30)
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