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Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track


reviewed by Dick Schutz — April 22, 2009

coverTitle: Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track
Author(s): Russell L. Ackoff and Daniel Greenberg
Publisher: Wharton School Publishing, Philadelphia
ISBN: 0132346494, Pages: 224, Year: 2008
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Russell Ackoff (2007) sets forth a corollary in his Management F-Laws (No.  8): “The principal reason for reading what another thinks is to discover what the reader thinks” (p. 15). The corollary certainly applies to Turning Learning Right Side Up. Few readers will agree with everything that Ackoff and Greenberg have to say. And even fewer of those who fully agree will act on anything. But all readers will have greater understanding of their own views after reading the book and will be in better position to act more wisely in implementing their enlarged vision. Ackoff and Greenberg make a useful distinction of five categories: data, information, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom: An ounce of information is worth a pound of data. An ounce of knowledge is worth a pound of information. An ounce of understanding is worth a pound of knowledge. An ounce of wisdom is worth a pound of understanding. (p. 19) Both Ackoff and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 22, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15625, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 5:50:51 AM

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  • Dick Schutz
    3RsPlus, Inc.
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    DICK SCHUTZ is President of 3RsPlus, Inc. a firm conducting R&D and constructing educational products.He was formerly Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University and Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. He has served as the founding editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, the founding journal editor of the Educational Researcher, and editor of the American Educational Research Journal.
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