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ERIC Number: EJ1159698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Refutational Text and Multiple External Representations as a Method to Remediate the Misinterpretation of Box Plots
Lem, Stephanie; Baert, Kathy; Ceulemans, Eva; Onghena, Patrick; Verschaffel, Lieven; Van Dooren, Wim
Educational Psychology, v37 n10 p1281-1300 2017
The ability to interpret graphs is highly important in modern society, but has proven to be a challenge for many people. In this paper, two teaching methods were used to remediate one specific misinterpretation: the area misinterpretation of box plots. First, we used refutational text to explicitly state and invalidate the area misinterpretation of box plots. Second, we used multiple external representations (MERs): Histograms were used as an overlay on box plots in order to give students a better insight in the way box plots represent data distributions. Third, we combined refutational text and MERs. We found that refutational text was successful in improving students' interpretation of box plots, but that the use of MERs did not improve students' interpretation of box plots. The addition of MERs also did not increase the effect of refutational text.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium
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