The impact of primary students' informal experiences on their diagrammatic knowledge

Diezmann, Carmel M. (2005) The impact of primary students' informal experiences on their diagrammatic knowledge. In Goos, M., Kanes, C., & Brown, R. (Eds.) Mathematics Education and Society Conference, 2005, Gold Coast.


The Matrix, Network, and Hierarchy are three general purpose diagrams that are useful for representing various mathematical relationships. This paper examines how informal experiences impact on Grade 3 and Grade 5 students’ knowledge of these diagrams. The results revealed that primary students associated a variety of informal experiences (e.g., Art, Sport) with one or more of these diagrams. The results also revealed that there were substantial differences between the quantity and type of associations made by Grade 3 and Grade 5 students. These differences are more likely to be due to students’ informal experiences than their formal schooling because diagrammatic instruction was not part of the students’ mathematics curricula.

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ID Code: 5924
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mathematics, matrix, network, hierachy, informal learning, diagrams, primary
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:16

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