ERIC Number: ED452098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Developing Computer-Based Cognitive Tools That Assist Learners To Interpret Graphs and Tables.
Ferry, Brian; Hedberg, John; Harper, Barry
This paper reports on the development and evaluation of cognitive tools used by learners to interpret graphs and tables. The development of these tools was informed by research about how learners interpreted graphs and tables. A prototype of the cognitive tools was trialed with a small sample of preservice teachers. This prototype was then improved and used again with a larger sample. Data from individual audit trails of software use, journal entries and interviews with a small sample of preservice teachers were used to evaluate the cognitive tools. The findings showed that the simple, context-specific cognitive tools developed helped to reduce the cognitive load associated with the interpretation of graphs and tables. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Computer Uses in Education, Graphs, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Education, Preservice Teachers, Tables (Data)
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/99pap/fer99092.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Contains small print. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (Melbourne, Australia, November 29-December 2, 1999).