This investigation examines the spatial orientation performance of a nationally-representative cohort of secondary school students drawn from national mathematics assessment data. This investigation analyses the changes in performance on spatial orientation tasks (maps) of Grade 7 (ages 12-13) and Grade 9 (ages 14-15) cohorts across two time periods. Although spatial orientation performance increased significantly from Grade 7 to Grade 9, effect sizes were relatively small. Males outperformed females on both items, with performance differences increasing from Grade 7 to Grade 9. Both males and females had difficulties re-orientating themselves within the map, especially when the question had multiple changes in orientation.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education|
|Editors||Berinderjeet Kaur, Weng Kin Ho, Tin Lam Toh, Ban Heng Choy|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publisher||The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) Inc|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education - Singapore, Singapore, Singapore|
Duration: 17 Jul 2017 → 22 Jul 2017
|Conference||41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education|
|Abbreviated title||PME 41|
|Period||17/07/17 → 22/07/17|
Logan, T., Lowrie, T., & Ramful, A. (2017). Decoding map items through spatial orientation: Performance differences across grade and gender. In B. Kaur, W. K. Ho, T. L. Toh, & B. H. Choy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 3, pp. 193-200). Singapore: The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) Inc.