Enhancing students' problem solving through diagram use

Diezmann, Carmel M. (2002) Enhancing students' problem solving through diagram use. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 7(3), pp. 4-8.


'Draw a diagram' is one of the strategies that teachers often suggest to students who are having difficulty with a problem. However, despite the value of diagrams in problem solving, many students are reluctant to 'draw a diagram' and need to be taught how to draw effective diagrams that represent the problem information. This paper presents an overview of four general purpose diagrams that are particularly helpful in mathematical problem solving. It also describes an instructional program on general purpose diagrams that was implemented with ten-year-olds. Providing students with explicit instruction about diagrams enables them to capitalise on the cognitive advantages of diagram use in problem solving.

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ID Code: 1642
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0045-0685
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:25

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