Using drawings and discussion to gain insights into young learners' understanding of mass

Andrea Mary McDonough, Jillian Cheeseman

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In this paper, we explore the possible value of an open-ended assessment task, Impress Me, and followup interview as ways to gain insights into children s learning of mathematics,. Ten children in their first or second year of school recorded their understanding using drawing and/or writing after the period in which they were taught lessons on the measurement of mass. Later they met individually with an interviewer/researcher to discuss their drawing/writing and their learning. The Impress Me recording was found to be a useful prompt for the children to stimulate discussion about their learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85 - 96
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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