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ERIC Number: ED496826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 12
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Primary Students' Knowledge of the Properties of Spatially-Oriented Diagrams
Diezmann, Carmel M.
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (29th, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 10-15, 2005), v2 p281-288
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. Includes appendix: Sandwich Bar Task. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.) [For complete proceedings, see ED496859.]
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 3
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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