Building Up the Box Plot as a Tool for Representing and Structuring Data Distributions: An Instructional Effort Using Tinkerplots and Evidence of Students’ Reasoning

  • Luis SaldanhaEmail author
  • Michael McAllister


Six 7th-grade students engaged with an instructional sequence involving the use of the TinkerPlots software to organize data sets in ways intended to help them construe two attributes: the location of subsets of data values within a subrange of the entire set and the length of the intervals comprised by those subsets. Findings from a pretest and a culminating task suggest that the students enriched their ability to imagine and create a hypothetical data distribution from a given representative box plot, and that they became oriented to the spread of portions of a data set as indicated by the length of quartiles.


Box plots Distributions Variability Density Data 



This report is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0953987. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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