Grade 3/4 students' understanding of geometrical objects: Australian case studies on (mis) conceptions of cubes

Ann Downton, Sharyn Livy, Simone Reinhold

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Abstract

Our paper presents early findings from a study that investigated Australian Grade 3 and 4 students’ geometrical conceptual knowledge. This study is part of an international collaboration between Australian and German researchers. It draws on earlier research of Year 3 German students’ cube constructions, errors and misconceptions and the categorization of these. The student data reported in this paper was analysed using a framework for guiding and describing sources of errors and/or misconceptions related to cube constructions. These findings highlight the importance for students to construct three-dimensional objects using a variety of materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
EditorsUffe Thomas Jankvist, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherUtrecht University
Pages857-864
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789073346758
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • geometrical concept knowledge
  • cube constructions
  • primary students
  • errors
  • mathematics
  • Geometry

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Downton, A., Livy, S., & Reinhold, S. (2019). Grade 3/4 students' understanding of geometrical objects: Australian case studies on (mis) conceptions of cubes. In U. T. Jankvist, M. van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, & M. Veldhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (pp. 857-864). The Netherlands: Utrecht University.