Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Teacher Education

Major Professor

Lynn L. Hodge

Committee Members

Joy Bertling, Elizabeth Dyer


In a world where “big-data” rules, the need for data literate citizens is critical. Not only do we need citizens who can read data, but also citizens who are critical of data practices that perpetuate racist practices. One potential answer for this call is to create “data-wise” citizens. The purpose of this design-based research study was to explore how secondary and post-secondary students can develop data-wisdom through the analysis of three data-inspired artistic data visualizations. This study examined the growth of data-wisdom in participants, the development of classroom norms, and the increase in positive perceptions of mathematics in participants. Data were collected through a pre-course survey, classroom audio recordings, and participant-created data visualizations. The findings suggest that teaching data science using data-wisdom practices offers an opportunity to develop this new type of citizen needed.

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