Drawing reveal young students' multiplicative visualisation

Jill Cheeseman, Ann Downton, Anne Roche, Sarah Ferguson

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Abstract

In the context of a multiplicative problem, our study investigated young children’s ability to visualise and draw equal groups. This paper reports the results obtained from 18 Australian children in their first year of school (age 5-6 years). The task 12 Little Ducks, taught by their classroom teacher, provoked children to visualise and to draw different solutions. Fifteen children (83%) could identify and create equal groups via drawings; eight of these children (44%) could also quantify the number of groups that were formed. These findings show that some young children can visualise multiplicative situations and can communicate their reasoning of equal group situations through drawing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExcellence in Mathematics Education: Foundations and Pathways
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 43rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsYew Hoong Leong, Berinderjeet Kaur, Ban Heng Choy, Joseph Boon Wooi Yeo, Sze Looi Chin
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages110-113
Number of pages4
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846329
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2021: Foundations and Pathways - National Institute of Education, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 5 Jul 20218 Jul 2021
Conference number: 43rd
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Conference

ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2021
Abbreviated titleMERGA 2021
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period5/07/218/07/21
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