Students as decoders of graphics in mathematics

Carmel Diezmann, Thomas LOWRIE

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on students’ ability to decode mathematical graphics. The findings were:
    (a) some items showed an insignificant improvement over time; (b) success involves
    identifying critical perceptual elements in the graphic and incorporating these elements into
    a solution strategy; and (c) the optimal strategy capitalises on how information is encoded
    in the graphic. Implications include a need for teachers to be proactive in supporting
    students’ to develop their graphical knowledge and an awareness that knowledge varies
    substantially across students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMERGA33 - 2010 Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsLen Sparrow, Barry Kissane, Chris Hurst
    Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
    Pages161-168
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event33rd Annual Conference of Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Fremantle, Australia
    Duration: 3 Jul 20107 Jul 2010

    Conference

    Conference33rd Annual Conference of Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    CountryAustralia
    CityFremantle
    Period3/07/107/07/10

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    Diezmann, C., & LOWRIE, T. (2010). Students as decoders of graphics in mathematics. In L. Sparrow, B. Kissane, & C. Hurst (Eds.), MERGA33 - 2010 Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 161-168). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/34311/1/c34311.pdf