Assessing primary students’ knowledge of maps

Carmel Diezmann, Tom Lowrie

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Abstract

This study explored primary students’ knowledge of maps through a sample of
mathematics test items. One cohort completed these items annually for three years in
a mass testing situation. Another cohort was interviewed once on the same map
items. Mass testing results revealed that students’ performance generally improved
over time. However, significant gender differences in favour of boys were noted
annually on each item. Interview results highlighted key difficulties experienced by
both girls and boys including interpreting vocabulary incorrectly, attending to the
incorrect foci on maps, and overlooking critical information. Our results indicate a
need for a focus on extracting and reading information from maps, and analysing
and interpreting this information. Girls’ achievement should be closely monitored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX. Vol. 2. México: Cinvestav-UMSNH
EditorsOlimpia Figueras, Jose Luis Cortina, Silvia Alatorre, Teresa Rojano, Armando Sepulveda
Place of PublicationMorealia, Michoacán, México
PublisherInternational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) Inc
Pages415-421
Number of pages7
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9789689020066
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint Meeting of the 32nd annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the North American Chapter XXX - Morealia, Mexico
Duration: 17 Jul 200821 Jul 2008

Publication series

NameConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
PublisherInternational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Volume1
ISSN (Print)0771-100X

Conference

ConferenceJoint Meeting of the 32nd annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the North American Chapter XXX
CountryMexico
CityMorealia
Period17/07/0821/07/08

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    Diezmann, C., & Lowrie, T. (2008). Assessing primary students’ knowledge of maps. In O. Figueras, J. L. Cortina, S. Alatorre, T. Rojano, & A. Sepulveda (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX. Vol. 2. México: Cinvestav-UMSNH (Vol. 2, pp. 415-421). (Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education; Vol. 1). International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) Inc. http://www.igpme.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/PME32-2008-Morelia.zip