Essential differences between high and low performers' thinking about graphically-oriented numeracy items

Diezmann, Carmel M., Lowrie, Tom, & Kozak, Nahum (2007) Essential differences between high and low performers' thinking about graphically-oriented numeracy items. In Watson, Jane & Beswick, Kim (Eds.) 30th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2-6 July 2007, Hobart, Tasmania.


This study compared the thinking of five high performing and five low performing primary students on a set of graphically-oriented numeracy items. Generally, their thinking differed in four ways. First, high performers drew on existing knowledge and skills, which low performers appeared to lack. Second, high performers used multiple cues to complete tasks, whereas low performers worked from a single cue or overlooked cues. Third, high performers used simple solution procedures correctly; in contrast, low performers used more mentally demanding procedures with limited success. Finally, high performers were more knowledgeable about everyday graphics than low performers.

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ID Code: 10489
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Numeracy, graphics test, high performers, low performers, thinking, primary, mathematics, graphics, representation, primary students
ISBN: 9781920846138
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 MERGA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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