General Implications for Education

  • Lawrence L. Weed
Part of the Computers in Health Care book series (HI)


There are implications for all of education in what we have been saying about new premises and new tools in medical education. To change part of an overall system without changing the total (particularly the early years of schooling), puts students into a double bind since their careers traverse the whole system and they run head on into the discontinuities we have created. For example, one group of educators may view the development of a core of behavior (thoroughness, reliability, sound analytic sense, and efficiency) as the cornerstone upon which all other educational goals and activities should be built; another group views the cornerstone to be a core of factual knowledge to be covered in a fixed time and credentials to show for it. For the Student subjected to both groups, a double bind is inevitable since all of a group of unique individuals cannot be expected to cover a fixed amount of material in a fixed time to fixed Standards of thoroughness, reliability, logic, and efficiency.


Educational System Real Problem Guidance System Objective Standard Corrective Feedback 
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