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Developing pictorial space: Instructional strategies for statistical graphics

By Wendy B. Dickinson and Bruce W. Hall


The overwhelming premise of visual imagery is that of communication. Images can be visual renditions or representations of ideas, dimensions, and events (Dickinson, 2001). Representing statistical ideas and information is a complex task-as Tufte relates, ”all communication between the readers of an image must take place on a twodimensional surface ” (1990, p.12). Our purpose for this presentation is to share the instructional techniques developed within an undergraduate mathematics course designed to teach statistical graphics skills; and describe the development of authentic assessments to measure student learning and assessment tools (rubrics) for multivariate statistical graphics. METHOD This presentation documents and displays the curricular development, implementation, and authentic assessment of an innovative undergraduate student project utilizing ‘visual displays of quantitative information ’ (Tufte, 2001) and descriptive statistics. Students were enrolled in an undergraduate mathematics course, and for many students in the class, this was their first exposure to both statistics and graphical display

Year: 2006
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