A New Learning Paradigm: “Learning More with Less”

Authors: Alfredo Rivera (M.S.), Chris Doyle(MEd), Dean Kashiwagi (PhD, P.E.), and Jacob Kashiwagi (PhD)


A new learning paradigm has been tested in the delivery of services. It identifies that the act of directing and influencing a vendor or an individual to increase their performance is not effective or efficient. It is based on a deductive logic methodology called “Information Measurement Theory” (IMT) which has been developed over the past 46 years through one of the author’s personal and family life, the delivery of services in the construction industry, and in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU). IMT identifies that the concepts of influence, randomness, chance, or one person attempting to change another person are inaccurate concepts. These facets occur when one party attempts to forcibly change another party, which is a form of abuse. When tested out in the industry, these concepts returned 5 to 50% reduction in cost, simultaneously lowering owner costs, increasing value and resulting in higher profits for the expert vendor. When practiced in the honors education program at ASU, students were able to learn concepts five times as quickly and understand complex concepts with very little detailed data. In 2015, the IMT author brought the education to his alma mater, Saint Louis High School, and the first full year of IMT concepts were tested at the high school level. The results were consistent with the results from industry tests, the honors program at ASU, and the Kashiwagi family.

Keywords: Education, Best Value, Deductive Logic, Stress, Simplicity, Kashiwagi Solution Model.