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Offline Granny

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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #840 on: August 07, 2019, 09:40:14 am »
Quote from: cybercoma on Today at 10:16:18 am

This is something that I try to get across to students constantly. When you're looking at a spreadsheet of data, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that what you're looking at are real people with real lives and all of the complexity that comes along with that. I really try to get across that it's important not to dehumanize people through data.

Yep.  The flip side, though, is that people can focus too much on the social and humanized aspect of any endeavour and it's actually easy for it to lose sight of what its supposed to be achieving.

You guys are playing my song! Lol

We made graphs of distributions of data about children by stacking little 'child icons', reminding us/our audiences that the data represented real children.
And while percentages are useful for comparisons, we also translated them back into actual numbers of children represented. 1% might sound like a minuscule number, easy to dismiss/ignore/not address at all.
But it can still be a lot of kids/people and the raw numbers can really make that hit home.

I don't think you can have too much "social and humanized" focus, but I do think that those untrained and inexperienced in addressing those human issues can become overwhelmed by them. But I'm not sure what kind of "numbers" we're each talking about.
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