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Graph creation and interpretation: Putting skills and context together


Fitzallen, N and Watson, J, Graph creation and interpretation: Putting skills and context together, Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices - Proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA , 3-7 July 2011, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, pp. 253-260. ISBN 978-1-875900-70-1 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Although the creation of graphs to display data has been part of the school curriculum for some time, the call in the new Australian Curriculum for "numeracy across the curriculum" provides both the opportunity and challenge to link the skills of graph creating with the understanding of context in order to produce meaningful interpretation of the messages held in graphs. This paper reports on classroom experiences of and assessment interviews with 12 grade 5/6 students who were introduced to the software TinkerPlots to assist in graph creation. The focus is on their success at graph creation and interpretation in contexts that provide potential links to other subjects in the school curriculum. Implications for both teaching and learning are drawn from the studentsí experiences.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:72979
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-09-05
Last Modified:2018-01-08
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