Creating Better Representations of Analyzed Data

The focus of this workshop is on data visualization, which is how data is represented after it has been analyzed. Most science teacher educators are well versed I creating tables and simple figures. In this workshop, we want to expand science teacher educators’ repertoire for other types of representations. Our specific goal of this workshop is to get participants to think about how to best represent their data. Our workshop is appropriate for all science teacher educators (new and old) who are interested in better representing their research findings.

We envision that any science teacher educator who is actively involved in disseminating their research will be interested in this workshop. Furthermore, this is relevant to qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods researchers. It is also appropriate for graduate students, newly hired faculty members, or experienced faculty members.

Steve Fletcher has taken workshops on data visualization, and is well-versed in thinking about how to best represent the data. Julie Luft has recently spent a year exploring the process of data visualization.
This workshop will have three main parts. The first part will be a pre-assessment about how people think about representing data. In this assessment we will look at table data and determine how to best represent this data. This assessment will let us know how our participants are thinking about data analysis. The second part of the workshop will be an exploration of working with different variables in education, and how to best represent them. For instance, to show how attitudes shift over time amongst a group of faculty, a Sankey plot may be better than a table. We will look at three to six different data sets and think about attributes (e.g., gradient, pattern, motion), categorical attributes (e.g., shape, hue), and relational attributes (e.g., connections, containments). Along with these different attributes we will give examples of our and other people’s representations of data (e.g., Chord diagrams, heat maps). During this second part of the workshop, participants will get a chance to build different types of representations that they will shared in the large group. The final part of the workshop will be a post assessment, a sharing of our favorite resources, and a ResearchGate Group dedicated to further discussion of this topic.

To help participants expand their use of different representations, we will form a ResearchGate Group.