Alternatives To Scatterplots


Book: 
Proceedings of the sixth international conference on teaching statistics, Developing a statistically literate society
Authors: 
Konold, C.
Editors: 
Phillips, B.
Category: 
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
International Statistical Institute
URL: 
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/1/7f5_kono.pdf
Abstract: 

Emerging evidence suggests that people do not have difficulty judging covariation per se but rather have difficulty decoding standard displays such as scatterplots. Using the data analysis software Tinkerplots, I demonstrate various alternative representations that students appear to be able to use quite effectively to make judgments about covariation. More generally, I argue that data analysis instruction in K-12 should be structured according to how statistical reasoning develops in young students and should, for the time begin, not target specific graphical representations as objectives of instruction.

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