What is the Chart?
It helps us make predictions and guides more effective decision-making for teachers, students, health researchers, business people, financial analysts, economists, and other professionals.
“Those other graphs show me the data as well. I have been able to analyze trends and make decisions using an equal-interval regular graph for years (e.g., bar graph, line graph). A table and an Excel graph tell me what I need to know. Why the SCC?”
Here’s a snapshot of why… (spoiler alert – it’s just more accurate).
According to a 2008 article by Lefebre, Fabrizio & Merbitz, published in the peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Precision Teaching, “Differences in how graphed data appear on a display may (and often should) lead…to…different decisions….”
Across almost a century of research, the behavior analysis field has concluded that counting behaviors is among the most effective ways to monitor learning, growth and the process of change. Uniquely, using The Chart (i.e., standardized format of a semi-logarithmic scale) enables a user to monitor the derivative of the rate (i.e., the acceleration or deceleration), which means one is able to better target barriers to learning, measure current performance, compare “apples to oranges” and more precisely predict future performance.
“It seems really hard to chart.”
It is true when something is unfamiliar or more effortful than an alternative people will choose the alternative (thanks Matching Law) but there is more to this story. We know that children regularly use charts and “drop their own dots” at Morningside Academy, as well as historically multiple public schools in Kansas were doing this in the 1980s. The truth is that charting isn’t very difficult – change is. Like many things, it is the process of learning something new that poses a challenge to learning. Yet, one final barrier to helping people of all fields use the SCC is for a long time it has been tucked away in highly specialized areas of the field. The Chart was not a mainstream tool published in popular journals.
If it’s easy enough for children to use it, why don’t more people use it?
We wonder the same thing! We believe the answer lies in challenges dissemination of The Chart, helping people access it and teaching people that the way they are accustomed to analyzing data aren’t the only (or sometimes the most helpful) way. Here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SeJuqvedJOvPONzJ3PjE_9-5aMqZv-h0&usp=gmail) are the organizations currently using it.