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.
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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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
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|Deposited On:||01 Jul 2005 00:00|
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