Compare and Contrast Grid

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it?

Comparison-Contrast Charts are for looking at how things are similar and in what ways they are different. The Compare and Contrast Grid is a useful tool when comparing data, surveys, and a variety of criteria.

What aspects of learning are being supported?

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
  2. QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
  3. QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction

Which apps could I use?

  1. DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
  2. Related collaborative tools: EvernoteiCloudBaiBoardNote AnytimeWeb2AccessCool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
  3. Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.

How do I use it?

  1. Decide on items or things you want to compare.
  2. Decide on the qualities or characteristics to compare.
  3. First you look at the similarities.
  4. Then you consider the differences
  5. Making sure to indicate on what criteria you are drawing out the dissimilarities.


Effective Transport 
Effective Transport No of passengers Speed Trip distance Cost
Car 1 – 6 Fast Long Yes
Bike 1 Slow Short No
Bus 20·50 Fast Sometimes long Yes
Walk 1 Slow Short No


Compare and Contrast

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