ERIC Number: EJ762784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
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What Kinds of Perceptions and Daily Learning Behaviors Promote Students' Use of Diagrams in Mathematics Problem Solving?
Uesaka, Yuri; Manalo, Emmanuel; Ichikawa, Shin'ichi
Learning and Instruction, v17 n3 p322-335 Jun 2007
This study investigated factors promoting the use of self-constructed diagrams by examining students' perceptions and daily class activities, and comparing Japanese (n = 291) and New Zealand (n = 323) students. Algebra word problems and a questionnaire were administered. The results revealed that the New Zealand students used diagrams more often and scored higher than their Japanese counterparts. Lack of confidence and perceptions of difficulty in diagram use, and viewing diagrams more as a strategy that teachers use, were found to link with lower use. Possible ways of promoting diagram use in math word problem solving are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Class Activities, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), Comparative Analysis, Self Concept, Visual Aids, Questionnaires, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; New Zealand