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On Learning to See Graphs and Maps

This Pass or Prepared? is brought to you, courtesy of the Social Science Research Institute Council, from their Workshop on Wednesday, June 14. The story of that workshop day will be up soon for you, but in the meantime, Nan Chico's Starters was so much fun I thought you'd like to try it.

We'll start with the first graph. The age groups (down the center) and the year are not visible at the moment because they are in yellow. To see the year and age groups, link on Starters until I can fix this one.) Dr. Chico has given us very little information. Our task is to figure out as much as we can about each graph or map presented. This graph is an animated gif. Notice that the graph changes shape for each year. You can stop the animation by pressing the STOP button on your browser. You can start the animation again by pressing the RELOAD button on your browser.

Based on your perusal of this graph, answer the following questions:

Click on any question number to see jeanne's answer to that question.

  1. What is the first thing you notice about this graph?

  2. Animation is not possible in a textbook. How could this effect be presented in hard copy?

  3. Which technique, Web or hardcopy, seems most effective to you in illustrating change over time?

  4. Are the graph data symmetrical?

  5. If you had to write a paragraph of interpretation about this graph, what could you say?

Figurine by Rudiger Appel. Notice that you can see three effects in the animation. Either the Variation on the Kandinsky figurine appears to turn in a clockwise direction, or in a counterclockwise direction, or it appears to open and close. Can you see all three effects? Try. Fascinated? Link to Appel's site and then link to the background he provides. Scroll down until you find a link to background.

Copright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata, June 2000. "Fair Use" encouraged.