Designing computer-based cognitive tools to assist learners to interpret graphs and tables

  • Brian Ferry University of Wollongong
  • John Hedberg University of Wollongong
  • Barry Harper University of Wollongong

Abstract

This paper reports on the development and evaluation of cognitive tools used 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.

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Published
1999-04-12
How to Cite
Ferry, B., Hedberg, J., & Harper, B. (1999). Designing computer-based cognitive tools to assist learners to interpret graphs and tables. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1844

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