Lab skills - Data Analysis
Data analysis is the process of interpreting the meaning of the data we have collected, organized, and displayed in the form of a table, bar chart, line graph, or other representation. The process involves looking for patterns—similarities, disparities, trends, and other relationships—and thinking about what these patterns might mean.
When analyzing data, ask students questions such as:
What pattern do you see?
What does this graph tell you?
Who could use this data? How could they use it?
Why is this data shown in a line graph?
The process of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data is not always a simple, sequential process; sometimes a preliminary analysis of a data set may prompt us to look at the data in another way, or even to go back and collect additional data to test an emerging hypothesis.