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ERIC Number: ED573204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Concept Cartoons as a Way to Elicit Understandings and Encourage Reasoning about Decimals in Year 7
Davidson, Samone; Askew, Mike
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
This paper is located within the research into encouraging learners to reason mathematically and become engaged with concepts rather than just procedures. It reports on a research in progress examining two techniques to be used at the beginning of a sequence of lessons in order to elicit students' prior knowledge and understanding of topics about to be studied. The research will be conducted with two Year 7 classes of girls as they are introduced to units of work on decimals and fractions. Two techniques will be used to elicit the students' prior understandings: Concept Maps and Concept Cartoons. This paper reports on the ideas behind Concept Cartoons and the development of Concept Cartoons for eliciting understandings of decimals. The paper briefly outlines the research into difficulties with decimals before discussing the rationale and design of the cartoons. The paper is concluded with a discussion of how concept cartoons may or may not elicit different understandings to using concept maps.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia