Middle school students' reasoning about volume and surface area

Seah, R and Horne, M 2018, 'Middle school students' reasoning about volume and surface area', in Ewa Bergqvist, Magnus Österholm, Carina Granberg, and Lovisa Sumpter (ed.) Proceedings of the The 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Volume 4 (PME 42), Umea, Sweden, 3-8 July 2018, pp. 131-138.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Middle school students' reasoning about volume and surface area
Author(s) Seah, R
Horne, M
Year 2018
Conference name PME 42: Delight in Mathematics Education
Conference location Umea, Sweden
Conference dates 3-8 July 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the The 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Volume 4 (PME 42)
Editor(s) Ewa Bergqvist, Magnus Österholm, Carina Granberg, and Lovisa Sumpter
Publisher International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Start page 131
End page 138
Total pages 8
Abstract This study investigates students' reasoning skills in practical application of mathematics. Students were asked to explain the volume and surface area of a shoe box after enlargement. The data from two groups of students were collected and analysed. The first administration of the tasks was given to 253 Year 4-10 students to validate the usability of the items and marking rubric. The second administration involved 273 Year 8-10 students of a different cohort. The results show that students use a combination of linguistic, symbolic, and diagrammatic tools demonstrating different level of reasoning.
Subjects Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword(s) mathematical reasoning
volume and surface area
middle years
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ISBN 9789176019054
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