Nina RathbunUniversity of Southern California
Iva BozovicUniversity of Southern California
We evaluated the impact of experiential assignments using data on improving students’ abilities to avoid common misconceptions of data using a specific assessment tool we created. We randomly assigned students into pre- and some post- experiential data assignment test groups to gauge the impact of the different assignments on assisting students to overcome common data literacy problems. In each project, students were required to find and use data in their research to support their arguments on an assigned topic. In one project, students also reflected on the data used by both sides of an argument in the assigned topic. We found that the reflection requirement had a statistically significant effect on engaging students’ critical thinking skills for avoiding common misinterpretations of data. We believe that this finding demonstrates the large impact of reflection in building and engaging critical thinking skills necessary for data literacy in the modern age.
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