Solving graphics problems: Student performance in the junior grades

Lowrie, Tom & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2007) Solving graphics problems: Student performance in the junior grades. The Journal of Educational Research, 100(6), pp. 369-377.

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This study investigated the performance of 172 Grade 4 students (9 to 10 years) over a 12 month period on a 36-item test that comprised items from six distinct graphical languages (e.g., maps) that are commonly used to convey mathematical information. The results of the study revealed: 1) difficulties in Grade 4 students' capacity to decoding a variety of graphics; 2) significant improvements in the students' performance on these graphical languages over time; 3) gender differences across some graphical languages; and 4) the influence of spatial ability on decoding performance. The implications of this study include the need to support the development of students’ ability to decode graphics beyond activities usually investigated in mathematics curricula.

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ID Code: 10485
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mathematics test, graphics problems, junior, primary, gender, Grade 4 students, solving graphics problems, spatial reasoning, sex, differences, mathematics, abilities
DOI: 10.3200/JOER.100.6.369-378
ISSN: 0022-0671
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Heldref Publications
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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