Diagrams in the UK National School Curriculum

Garcia Garcia, Grecia and Cox, Richard (2008) Diagrams in the UK National School Curriculum. In: Diagrammatic Representation and Inference - Fifth International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams, Herrsching, Germany.

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We review the use of diagrams in theUKNational School Curriculum (NC) and assess it in the light of current research on childrens graph comprehension. It is noted that some diagrams are very ubiquitous (e.g. illustrations and bar graphs) whereas other representations which are potentially appropriate for younger children (e.g. hierarchies) are relatively rarely used. We also query some of the teaching practices advocated in the NC in that, for example, diagrammatic representations are conflated with figurative illustrations (pictographs). Suggestions for improving the NC are offered in the conclusion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Grecia GarciaGarcia
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:49
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 11:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18521
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