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ERIC Number: EJ945534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-21
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Understanding Graphicacy: Students' Making Sense of Graphics in Mathematics Assessment Tasks
Lowrie, Tom; Diezmann, Carmel M.; Logan, Tracy
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Sep 2011
The ability to decode graphics is an increasingly important component of mathematics assessment and curricula. This study examined 50, 9- to 10-year-old students (23 male, 27 female), as they solved items from six distinct graphical languages (e.g., maps) that are commonly used to convey mathematical information. The results of the study revealed: 1) factors which contribute to success or hinder performance on tasks with various graphical representations; and 2) how the literacy and graphical demands of tasks influence the mathematical sense making of students. The outcomes of this study highlight the changing nature of assessment in school mathematics and identify the function and influence of graphics in the design of assessment tasks. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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