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

Andrea McDonough,Jill Cheeseman
page. 85~98 / 2015 Vol.9 No.3


In this paper, we explore the possible value of an open-ended assessment task, Impress Me, and followupinterview as ways to gain insights into children’s learning of mathematics,. Ten children in their firstor second year of school recorded their understanding using drawing and/or writing after the period inwhich they were taught lessons on the measurement of mass. Later they met individually with aninterviewer/researcher to discuss their drawing/writing and their learning. The Impress Me recording wasfound to be a useful prompt for the children to stimulate discussion about their learning.

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