Learning to Learn from Data
from: Earth and Mind: Reflections on Thinking and Learning about the Earth
An interesting article that considers the importance of giving students the opportunity to collect data and how students learn to make sense of data and graphs.
Scientists learn from data. Learning to learn from data is obviously an essential aspect of the education of a future scientist.
These days, however, many other kinds of people also learn from data--including business people, investors, education leaders, and people who care about pollution, disease, or the quality of their local schools. My daily newspaper is rich in data-based graphs and maps--and so is the newsletter from my local library. These days, learning to learn from data is a necessary part of everyone's education.
However, learning to learn from data is not a typical part of everyone's education. This post explores what might be required to construct a thorough learning progression for learning from Earth Science data, beginning where a good elementary school leaves off and carrying on through to what an upper level college course or adult job might demand.