Revealing Data in Science: Using and Teaching About Data-Based Graphics for Analysis and Display

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Book Chapter

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Geological Sciences

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In this chapter, we give a brief overview of the use of data-based graphics in scientific research and the challenges involved in integrating this essential component of research into the classroom. We then give examples of how we use data-based graphics in our own research and attempt to overcome the challenges in our teaching. As a geoscientist (Egger) and environmental chemist (Carpi), our research tools and techniques differ, but we find common themes and conclude with recommendations for incorporating explicit teaching about data-based graphics into the undergraduate science classroom.


This book chapter was originally published in Visual Data and Their Use in Science Education. the book from the publisher can be found here.

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