Eye tracking secondary school students’ strategies when interpreting statistical graphs

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Abstract

Students persistently misinterpret histograms. Based on a literature review we conjectured that the confusion of histograms with case-value plots was leading to inappropriate interpretation strategies. Hence, the question for this research is: what are the most common strategies for secondary school students when estimating the mean in histograms and case-value plots? In a task with twelve graphs (histograms or case-value plots) we measured students’ eye movements (N=10, grade 10–11. The most common strategies students use are: a case-value plot interpretation strategy and a computational strategy both applied to histograms. Furthermore, some students reported strategies that are not in line with their gaze data nor their estimated mean.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Subtitle of host publicationImproving access to the power of mathematics
EditorsM. Graven, H. Venkat, A.A. Essien, P. Vale
Place of PublicationPretoria, South-Africa
PublisherPME
Pages113-120
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-6398215-3-5
ISBN (Print)978-0-6398215-2-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventConference of the international group for the psychology of mathematics education - University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 7 Jul 201912 Jul 2019
https://www.up.ac.za/pme43

Conference

ConferenceConference of the international group for the psychology of mathematics education
Abbreviated titlePME43
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityPretoria
Period7/07/1912/07/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • histogram
  • eye tracking
  • statistical graphs
  • mathematics
  • mathematics education
  • secondary school
  • eye movement

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