The impact of microcomputer‐based labs on children's ability to interpret graphs

  title={The impact of microcomputer‐based labs on children's ability to interpret graphs},
  author={J. Mokros and R. Tinker},
  journal={Journal of Research in Science Teaching},
Graphing represents a key symbol system for scientific communication. Widely-reported low graphing skills notwithstanding, middle school students can learn to communicate with graphs in the context of appropriate microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) investigations. Two preliminary studies and a longitudinal study are reported that support this conclusion. In the three-month longitudinal study of MBL, students showed a significant gain on 16 graphing items, even though the instruction targeted… Expand
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