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Student recording data

Summary

The skill of recording data involves the documenting of data and observations in a variety of forms in order to preserve it for later use.

Definition

The skill of recording data involves the documenting of data and observations in a variety of forms in order to preserve it for later use.

Recording Data is important because it…

  • promotes the development of a wide range of written, oral, visual and digital literacy skills involved in documenting and organizing information, including: sketching. labelling, note-taking, journaling, photographing, videotaping, etc.
  • develops skills involved with the gathering and organizing of qualitative and quantitative observations and data to make it useful for analysis and interpretation.

Developing the Skill of Recording Data

Students

Educators

Use a variety of recording devices for recording observations and data (e.g., paper & pencil, art materials, cameras, video cameras, voice recorders)

Provide instruction in proper use and handling of recording devices (e.g., how to take and save digital photographs, how to film short videos).

Use a variety of organizational tools for compiling and managing observations and data (e.g. charts, labelled diagrams, journal pages)

Model how to record observations using different organizational tools (e.g., tally charts, science journals, observation charts).

Select appropriate recording devices and organizational tools for a given inquiry situation

Assist students with selecting appropriate recording devices and organizational tools for recording observations and data collected during inquiries (e.g., when to use a tally chart vs. when to keep a journal).

Systematically record qualitative and quantitative observations and data

Encourage students to keep complete, detailed records using the chosen recording systems (e.g., taking photographs of plant growth every day, filling in all parts of a germination chart).

Accurately record qualitative and quantitative data

Encourage students to be precise and accurate when they record observations and data gathered through inquiries (e.g., students include units of measurement with quantitative data, correctly label apparatus, take photographs with data and time stamps, etc.).

Related Skills

  • Observing
  • Sorting & Classifying
  • Comparing & Contrasting
  • Communicating

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