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Understanding of graphical representations in texts in the second triad of elementary school

Teja Pajk (2019) Understanding of graphical representations in texts in the second triad of elementary school. MSc thesis.

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    In our everyday life, be it at school or work, we encounter texts that include graphic representations. Every individual who is literate can read and understand these kinds of texts. With the research shown in the empirical section, we wanted to found out how well the primary school students understand graphic representations which are constituent parts of various texts. From different graphic representations, we decided to include a bar chart, a pie chart and a table. One of the exercises also tested the ability of forming a graphic representation, namely a mind map. We used a quantitative approach of research. Our sample consisted of 92 students from 4th, 5th and 6th grade as well as their teachers. Data for our research were obtained from a test and a questionnaire. We have found out that the students are better at understanding the texts than graphic representations. The only exception were the students from the 5th grade who were better at understanding the graphic representations. It has been pointed out that the students have problems reading the tables, even though they think that this is the type of graphic representation they understand the best. The teachers agreed that the students understand and can form a table without bigger problems. In general teachers evaluate the ability to form and understand graphic representations as good. Students from the 4th and the 6th grade had the least problems with understanding a pie chart and the students from the 5th grade with a bar chart. At school, students don't encounter texts with graphic representations very often, but when they do it is during a lesson of Slovene or Math. Half of the teachers have pointed out that the students can have difficulties with reading and understanding graphic representations because they don't read the instructions well enough and they are careless when copying the data from graphic representations. Students from the 5thgrade were the best at forming a mind map and students from the 4th grade were the worst.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Slovene, reading literacy, non-literary texts, graphical representation, second triad
    Number of Pages: 85
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Marja BešterMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12733769
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6126
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 14:03
    Last Modified: 09 Dec 2019 14:03
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6126

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