Essential differences between high and low performers' thinking about graphically oriented numeracy items

Carmel Diezmann, Tom Lowrie, Nahum Kozak

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    Abstract

    This study compared the thinking of five high performing and five low performing primary students on a set of graphically-oriented numeracy items. Generally, their thinking differed in four ways. First, high performers drew on existing knowledge and skills, which low performers appeared to lack. Second, high performers used multiple cues to complete tasks, whereas low performers worked from a single cue or overlooked cues. Third, high performers used simple solution procedures correctly; in contrast, low performers used more mentally demanding procedures with limited success. Finally, high performers were more knowledgeable about everyday graphics than low performers
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMERGA 30
    Subtitle of host publicationMathematics: Essential research, essential practice
    Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
    PublisherMERGA Inc
    Pages226-235
    Number of pages10
    Volume1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781920846138
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2007 - Hobart, TAS, Australia
    Duration: 02 Jul 200706 Jul 2007

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    ConferenceMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2007
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period02/07/0706/07/07

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