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Example of a student activity using proportional reasoning

Thinking with Data

This project used a cross-disciplinary approach to help middle school students become data-literate.

The Thinking with Data project (TWD) expanded on current notions of data literacy by focusing on proportional reasoning as key to data literacy and leveraging the non-mathematics disciplines to engage students in deep thinking about the context of data and the application of proportionality.

A set of four two-week, sequential modules for cross-disciplinary implementation in seventh-grade classrooms was designed and evaluated. Using a quasi-experimental approach, SRI found that student data literacy was increased through the focused integration of social studies, mathematics, science, and English language arts.

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