From Data Collectors to Data Producers

Berkeley, CA
Jan. 28, 2019
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Monday, January 28

From Data Collectors to Data Producers: Shifting students’ relationship to data

Lisa Hardy

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Berkeley Way West, Room 1215

Outside of school, students will encounter and be asked to interpret data and data representations that they did not create themselves — often with limited information about why or how these data were constructed in the first place. In contrast, studies of science practice highlight that the interpretation of data is strongly contingent on the context in which that data was produced. Data can never be interpreted straightforwardly, without careful consideration of the methods and instruments used to produce it.

In this talk, Lisa Hardy will discuss the ways in which data should be seen as actively produced rather than passively collected — and what design implications this view has for students’ engagements with data in science classrooms. She will present ongoing research into students’ experiences using sensors and Dataflow software to produce their own data in the context of inquiry activities in high-school Biology. From the lens of data production, we will discuss the implications of students’ experiences producing and interpreting their own datasets for their future encounters with data more broadly.

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