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
EventCongress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education 2019 - Utretcht, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Feb 201910 Feb 2019
Conference number: 11th

Conference

ConferenceCongress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education 2019
Abbreviated titleCERME 2019
CountryNetherlands
CityUtretcht
Period5/02/1910/02/19

Keywords

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

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