Making sense of graphs: Critical factors influencing comprehension and instructional implications.

  title={Making sense of graphs: Critical factors influencing comprehension and instructional implications.},
  author={Susan N. Friel and Francesco Curcio and George W. Bright},
  journal={Journal for Research in Mathematics Education},
Our purpose is to bring together perspectives concerning the processing and use of statistical graphs to identify critical factors that appear to influence graph comprehension and to suggest instructional implications. After providing a synthesis of information about the nature and structure of graphs, we define graph comprehension. We consider 4 critical factors that appear to affect graph comprehension: the purposes for using graphs, task characteristics, discipline characteristics, and… 

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