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Treemap Literacy: A Classroom-Based Investigation

Denisova, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1497-5808, Laramee, R. and Firat, E. (2020). Treemap Literacy: A Classroom-Based Investigation. Paper presented at the Eurographics, 25-29 May 2020, Norrköping, Sweden.

Abstract

Visualization literacy, the ability to interpret and understand visual designs, has gained momentum in the educational and information visualization communities. The goal of this research is to identify and address barriers to treemap literacy – a popular visual design, with a view to improve a non-expert user’s treemap visualization literacy skills. In this paper we present the results of two years of an information visualization assignment, which are used to identify the barriers to and challenges of understanding and creating treemaps. From this, we develop a treemap visualization literacy test. Then, we propose a pedagogical tool that facilitates both teaching and learning of treemaps and advances treemap visualization literacy. To investigate the efficiency of this educational software, we then conduct a classroom-based study with 25 participants. We identify the properties of treemaps that can hinder literacy and cognition based on the results from the treemap visualization literacy test. Results also provide further support for the use of our tool that had a positive effect on treemap literacy skills of university students.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Denisova, A. , Laramee, R. and Firat, E. (2020). Treemap Literacy: A Classroom-Based Investigation. Paper presented at the Eurographics, 25-29 May 2020, Norrköping, Sweden., Copyright © the authors, 2020.
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 10:21
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24366
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