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Exploring the role of visual imagery in learning mathematics

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Murphy, C ORCID: 0000-0001-5766-6821 2019 , 'Exploring the role of visual imagery in learning mathematics', paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 30 June - 4 July, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

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This paper reports on exploratory research into visual imagery in the learning of earlymathematics. It aims to present a theoretical position in relation to perceptual perspectives ofvisual imagery. Students’ visual imagery is explored in one example of a teacher’s use of aprotocol to encourage students to replicate dot patterns. This example indicated that somestudents were unable to accurately replicate the spatial and numerical features of the dotpatterns. Discernment and determinism are considered as key elements impacting on the students’ imagery, and consideration is given to a focus on these key elements in future research on the use of visual representations in the mathematics classroom.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Murphy, C
Keywords: mathematics, visual imagery, subitising, determinism
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Publisher: The Mathematics Education Research group of Australasia Inc.
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Copyright 2019 MERGA

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