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KO-ED Theoretical Perspectives - Critical Description and Evaluation of Classification Schemes by Barbara Kwasnik

  • 28 Jan 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom

Critical description and evaluation of classification schemes

We encounter classification schemes in all areas of human endeavor. How do we assess whether a classification is effective, ethical, and useful? Barbara Kwasnik  will give an overview, through examples, of some criteria one could apply to evaluating a classification -- any classification. These are:

Assessing a classification’s warrant What is the origin of the classification?  Who designed it and why?  What is the conceptual framework or theory that determines the choice of concepts, the rules of division and the relationships?      What are the assumptions both hidden and explicit?  Is this classification extensible? Can it be repurposed?

How to identify useful qualities (or lack of them) of any classification          Hospitality, expressiveness, and requisite variety; the heuristic capability to stimulate insight and understanding; fertility in stimulating new knowledge; the advantages of a classification being memorable, parsimonious and elegant.

Registration opens on 1 December 2020



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