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Assessing primary students’ knowledge of maps

Diezmann, Carmel M. & Lowrie, Tom (2008) Assessing primary students’ knowledge of maps. In The 32nd Annual Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference, 17-21 July 2008, Morelia, Michoacán, México.

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Abstract

This study explored primary students’ knowledge of maps through a sample of mathematics test items. One cohort completed these items annually for three years in a mass testing situation. Another cohort was interviewed once on the same map items. Mass testing results revealed that students’ performance generally improved over time. However, significant gender differences in favour of boys were noted annually on each item. Interview results highlighted key difficulties experienced by both girls and boys including interpreting vocabulary incorrectly, attending to the incorrect foci on maps, and overlooking critical information. Our results indicate a need for a focus on extracting and reading information from maps, and analysing and interpreting this information. Girls’ achievement should be closely monitored.

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ID Code: 18538
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Mathematics Education, Primary Students, Maps, Assessment, Gender Differences
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2009 12:35
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:51

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