The theme of this article – alternative forms of data representation – resides on the cutting edge of inquiry in research methodology. One of the basic questions scholars are now raising is how we perform the magical feat of transforming the contents of our consciousness into a public form that others can understand. The assumption that the languages of social science – propositional language and number – are the exclusive agents of meaning is becoming increasingly problematic, and as a result, we are exploring the potential of other forms of representation for illuminating the educational worlds we wish to understand.