Data-reading skills in sixth-graders (2011)
Master thesis Wiebke Evers
Data-reading is a critical competence for successful inquiry learning. Students often face difficulties in reading, analyzing and interpreting data due to a mismatch between their own theories and evidence provided by the data. Data-reading is assumed to be influenced by intellectual abilities as well as by the executive function of fluency.
The present study focused on how sixth-graders engage in data-reading. Firstly, the influence of task design on the use of prior knowledge was investigated. Secondly, the relationship between data-reading, fluency and intellectual ability was examined. Thirdly, it was investigated whether data-reading skills can be enhanced through instruction supporting fluency.
First supervisor: Marjolein van Klink
Second supervisor: Pascal Wilhelm
2011 - University of Twente