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The difficulties students experience in generating diagrams for novel problems

Diezmann, Carmel M. (2000) The difficulties students experience in generating diagrams for novel problems. In Nakahara, T. & Koyama, M. (Eds.) 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Hiroshima, Japan.

Abstract

Although "draw a diagram" is advocated as a useful problem-solving strategy, generating an appropriate diagram is problematic for many students. This case study explored primary-aged students’ difficulties in generating diagrams for novel problems. Three categories of difficulties were identified: (1) non-use of diagrams; (2) generic difficulties with diagrams and (3) idiosyncratic difficulties that were related to specific diagrams. The results suggest that there is a need for instruction in diagram use to empower students and address their difficulties. Specific attention needs to be given to: (1) the diagram-picture distinction; (2) the ambiguity of diagrams; and (3) the dynamic feature of diagrams.

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ID Code: 1696
Item Type: Conference Paper
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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