Understanding graphicacy: Students' sense making on mathematics assessment items

Thomas Lowrie, Carmel M. Diezmann, Tracy Logan

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    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 (23male, 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 thestudy revealed: 1) factors which contribute to success or hinder performance on tasks with various graphical representations; and 2) how the literacy and graphical demandsof 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-32
    Number of pages32
    JournalInternational Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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