Graphing Research on Inquiry with Data in Science

Generously funded by the NSF

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The GRIDS project investigates strategies to support students’ interpretation and use of graphs to understand complex science. Graphs are a key component of scientific literacy, and are ubiquitous in learning, technical occupations, and public discourse.

Student driven, student oriented. It’s accessible to students. One log-in and the material is there. It uses students’ different modalities: auditory, visual, simulations, chance for students to discuss. I love the content, the graphing is phenomenal! Without WISE, the amount of graphing I would have my students do would be reduced.

- GRIDS Teacher

In GRIDS units, students construct, test, and revise graphs, give explanations about the scientific phenomena being displayed, and critique a variety of incorrect graphs.

These skills help students develop an understanding of the purpose of graphical data and develop agency to construct and interpret data visualizations.

GRIDS units address gaps revealed by the GRIDS Graphing Inventory (GGI), an online, research-based measure of graphing skills that are relevant to middle school science. GRIDS instructional activities feature powerful digital technologies including automated guidance based on analysis of student generated graphs and student writing about graphs.

These materials are tested in classroom comparison studies using the GGI to assess both annual and longitudinal progress. We are developing supports for teachers to guide students to use graphs and science knowledge to deepen understanding and to develop agency and identity as science learners.