• Hsin-Mei Huang (Proceedings Author)
  • Aiso Heinze (Proceedings Author)
  • Silke Ruwisch (Proceedings Author)
  • Jessica Hoth (Proceedings Author)
  • Hong-Wei Chang (Proceedings Author)
This study investigated junior high school students’ length estimation ability with respect to everyday objects with lengths between 1 millimetre and 1 meter. Students’ strategies used for estimating the length of the longer side of a basketball court in school were analysed. A total of 240 Grade 7-9 students from cities in northern Taiwan completed a paper-and-pencil test assessing length estimation abilities. Results showed a significant gender effect on length estimation, but neither effects of grade level nor any interaction between grade level and gender on length estimation. About 40% of the students used effective strategies for estimating length measures, including visualizing, utilizing body parts, applying previous experiences, using a mental ruler, and making use of objects nearby. Still, about 60% of the students used ineffective strategies such as guessing. Implications for research and education practices are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Mathematics Education for the Future Project : Proceedings of the 15th International Conference: Theory and Practice: An Interface or a Great Divide? 4-9 Aug, 2019, Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland
EditorsAlan Rogersen, Janina Morska
Number of pages6
PublisherWTM
Publication date08.2019
Pages223-228
ISBN (Print)978-3-95987-111-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95987-112-9
Publication statusPublished - 08.2019
Event15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project - Maynooth University, Kildare, Ireland
Duration: 04.08.201909.08.2019
Conference number: 15

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