This week’s data collection has reminding me of two things. First, many times in research we attempt to collect data and our hypothesis just doesn’t work out. These are often disappointing findings, but findings nonetheless. They hold value and significance. Secondly, I’m remembering, as hard as we may try as parents, our kids are independent agents and operate at their own will. This week I wanted to collect data on an attempt to potty train Gustave. He turns three next week and it is time for him to at least acknowledge that he will some day need to use a toilet. I was ready, clean whiteboard and all, for data collection. However each time we asked him about the potty or reminded him of it he simply replied, “No. I go potty when I’m a big boy. Not yet.” Even Nola jumped on the potty training…err…train. Although, Gus may now be terrified of the bathroom as a whole thanks to her “help”.
Well, even when you have no results you should attempt to make a visualization. So here we go. This week I chose to use a pie chart. This is a great data design for showing proportion of a whole. A pie chart is a good choice for instances of two to four categorical variables. User be warned…avoid 3D pie charts at all costs. Simple is better with this visualization tool. I mean everyone remember’s Marshal’s excellent us of the pie chart…right?
So potty training has fallen flat at the Larson house. Tips? Tricks? Funny anecdotes?