Primary students’ knowledge of the properties of spatially-oriented diagrams

Diezmann, Carmel M. (2005) Primary students’ knowledge of the properties of spatially-oriented diagrams. In Chick, H.L. & Vincent, J.L. (Eds.) 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Melbourne.

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The ability to select an appropriate diagram to represent the structure of problem information is a critical step in reasoning. This paper reports on an investigation of Grade 3 and Grade 5 students’ knowledge of the properties of spatially-oriented diagrams. The task required the students to select the diagram that corresponded to the structure of a particular problem and to justify their selection. The results revealed that primary students have difficulty in selecting an appropriate diagram and adequately justifying their selections. Although Grade 5 students outperformed Grade 3 students in some aspects, the similarities between Grade 3 and Grade 5 performances on other aspects suggests that it is fallacious to assume that students’ knowledge of the properties of diagrams will increase substantially with age.

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ID Code: 2115
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:16

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