Share
Pin it!
Google Plus




Subscriber? Sign in to access.


 

Making Sense of Graphs: Critical Factors Influencing Comprehension and Instructional Implications

Susan N. Friel, Frances R. Curcio, George W. Bright 

March 2001, Volume 32, Issue 2, Page 124

Abstract:
Our purpose is to bring together perspectives concerning the processing and use of statistical graphs to identify critical factors that appear to influence graph  comprehension and to suggest instructional implications. After providing a synthesis of information about the nature and structure of graphs, we define graph comprehension. We consider 4 critical factors that appear to affect graph comprehension: the purposes for using graphs, task characteristics, discipline characteristics, and reader characteristics. A construct called graph sense is defined. A sequence for ordering the introduction of graphs is proposed. We conclude with a discussion of issues involved in making sense of quantitative information using graphs and ways instruction may be modified to promote such sense making.

Keywords:
Quantitative
Pre-K-2
Article
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Conceptual Development
Data Analysis & Statistics
Grades 9-12
Curriculum
Math Coordinator / Coach
Graphing
Teacher
Manipulatives
Representation