Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in representing scientific data.

Visual representations can help students to understand written scientific content and particularly texts that require complex, deep and abstract thinking. The activities in this skill area look at:

Visual representations
Exposes students to the different kinds of visuals, the similarities and differences between them, and the potential to gain new knowledge about and from visuals.

Symbols and signs
Students learn about the different components of visual representations and the meaning of common symbols and signs.

Students are familiarised with types of tables, their components, the information that can be drawn from them, and the conversion of verbal and numeric data into tables.

Students consider the different varieties of graphs, the composition of a good graph and its components, the conversion of a data table into an appropriate graph. They learn the importance of presenting results in graphs in science.

There are trainer development materials associated with the delivery of these learning activities. They can be found at: LSS Skill Area 4 Training.


Skill 4.1 Categorising Visual Representations

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, help students to categorise different types of visual representations.

Students are given a large number of different visual representations dealing with a range of scientific subjects. Through a 'happy families-style' card-game, students...

Skill 4.10 Describing Graphs

These activities, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, have students write down what they have learned and understood from a graph about life expectancy and mortality. First in the form of statements and then in a narrative form. Students then move on to look at the different components of the graph,...

Skill 4.11 Matching Questions and Graphs

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity helps students to link information in graphs with questions that could be asked about the data.

Students are presented with a series of graphs and a series of questions. Their task is to match the questions to the graphs. Different activities...

Skill 4.2 Learning with Visuals

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity is designed to have students study a visual representation in detail. Students are asked to look consider components that include:
* the title
* its content
* information the students have gathered from the visual


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