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Normalising: children's activity to construct meanings for trend

Ainley, Janet and Nardi, Elena and Pratt, Dave (2001) Normalising: children's activity to construct meanings for trend. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 45. pp. 131-146. ISSN 0013-1954. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: This paper in an international peer-reviewed journal reports on findings from an ESRC-funded project, Children’s Interpretation of Graphs within a Computer Based Pedagogy (R 000 23 1844) and earlier research in the same domain. These studies researched young children’s construction of meanings for graphs, produced from data entered in spreadsheets using a pedagogic technique invented by Ainley and Pratt called Active Graphing. In this paper, the authors discuss children’s use of normalising, an activity in which children ‘correct’ data towards some perceived norm. Through normalising, children construct meanings for trend in data and in graphs. We discuss how particular aspects of the pedagogical setting including task design encourage the use of normalising. The approach is qualitative though the methodological details vary across the various projects on which this paper is based.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
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Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 14:25
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