Visualising formula structures to support exploratory modelling

ROAST, Chris, LEITAO, Roxanne and GUNNING, Michael (2016). Visualising formula structures to support exploratory modelling. In: International Conference on Computer Supported Education (2016), Rome, Italy, 21-23 April, 2016. (In Press)

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Visualisation is often presented as a means of simplifying information and helping people understand complex data. In this paper we describe a project designing interactive visualisations to support core learner competencies in the broad area of numeracy. The work builds upon: (i) the observation that while spreadsheets are traditional ICT tools, their widespread use means that they are often introduced as a means of exploring basic mathematical modelling; (ii) a research theme examining the human factors that influence the ease with which formal notations can be understood and applied appropriately. Our paper describes the iterative design and evaluation of a tool to visualise spreadsheets, with the aim of supporting mid-teen learners based on the premise that spreadsheets serve as a gateway tool for supporting learner experimentation and confidence within numerate subjects. This iterative process is informed by background research into notational design, graphic design as well as learner and tutor feedback.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Pre-review version of the paper (10 pages long). Accepted as short paper (8 pages)
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
Depositing User: Chris Roast
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 11:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 06:00

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