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ERIC Number: EJ773645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0671
Solving Graphics Problems: Student Performance in Junior Grades
Lowrie, Tom; Diezmann, Carmel M.
Journal of Educational Research, v100 n6 p369-378 Jul-Aug 2007
The authors investigated the performance of 172 Grade 4 students (9 to 10 years) over 12 months on a 36-item test that comprised items from 6 distinct graphical languages (e.g., maps) commonly used to convey mathematical information. Results revealed (a) difficulties in Grade 4 students' capacity to decode a variety of graphics, (b) significant improvements in students' performance on graphical languages over time, (c) gender differences across graphical languages, and (d) influence of spatial ability on decoding performance. Implications of this study include the need for supporting development of students' ability to decode graphics beyond activities usually investigated in mathematics curricula. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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