Students as decoders of graphics in mathematics

Diezmann, Carmel & Lowrie, Tom (2010) Students as decoders of graphics in mathematics. In Sparrow, L., Kissane, B., & Hurst, C. (Eds.) Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education, MERGA Inc., Fremantle, Western Australia, pp. 161-168.

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This paper reports on students’ ability to decode mathematical graphics. The findings were: (a) some items showed an insignificant improvement over time; (b) success involves identifying critical perceptual elements in the graphic and incorporating these elements into a solution strategy; and (c) the optimal strategy capitalises on how information is encoded in the graphic. Implications include a need for teachers to be proactive in supporting students’ to develop their graphical knowledge and an awareness that knowledge varies substantially across students.

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ID Code: 34311
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: graphics, mathematics, numeracy, pedagogical content knowledge, expertise
ISBN: 9781920846237
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Carmel Diezmann and Tom Lowrie
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2010 00:01
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:26

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