The Construction of meaning for trend in active graphing

Ainley, Janet, Nardi, Elena ORCID: and Pratt, Dave (2000) The Construction of meaning for trend in active graphing. International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, 5. pp. 85-114. ISSN 1573-1766

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The development of increased and accessible computing power has been a major agent in the current emphasis placed upon the presentation of data in graphical form as a means of informing or persuading. However research in Science and Mathematics Education has shown that skills in the interpretation and production of graphs are relatively difficult for Secondary school pupils. Exploratory studies have suggested that the use of spreadsheets might have the potential to change fundamentally how children learn graphing skills. We describe research using a pedagogic strategy developed during this exploratory work, which we call Active Graphing, in which access to spread sheets allows graphs to be used as analytic tools within practical experiments. Through a study of pairs of 8 and 9 year old pupils working on such tasks, we have been able to identify aspects of their interaction with the experiment itself, the data collected and the graphs, and so trace the emergence of meanings for trend.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Mathematics Education
Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2012 11:31
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:53
DOI: 10.1023/A:1009854103737

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