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Solving graphics tasks : gender differences in middle-school students

Lowrie, Tom & Diezmann, Carmel (2011) Solving graphics tasks : gender differences in middle-school students. Learning and Instruction, 21(1), pp. 109-125.

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Abstract

The capacity to solve tasks that contain high concentrations of visual-spatial information, including graphs, maps and diagrams, is becoming increasingly important in educational contexts as well as everyday life. This research examined gender differences in the performance of students solving graphics tasks from the Graphical Languages in Mathematics (GLIM) instrument that included number lines, graphs, maps and diagrams. The participants were 317 Australian students (169 males and 148 females) aged 9 to 12 years. Boys outperformed girls on graphical languages that required the interpretation of information represented on an axis and graphical languages that required movement between two- and three-dimensional representations (generally Map language).

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ID Code: 34315
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mathematics education, gender differences, graphics, decoding
DOI: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2009.11.005
ISSN: 0959-4752
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 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2010 11:02
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:26

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