Design method for developing mathematical diagrams

Kreecha Puphaiboon, Andrée Woodcock, Stephen Scrivener

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    Poorly designed diagrams reduce the effective teaching and learning of mathematics. Typical problems include graphic elements that do not focus on mathematical concepts and their relations. Through the development of series of diagrams to support the teaching of simple geometric concepts, a user centred design method has been developed, which when used in conjunction with guidelines on gestalt principles and critical information cues, helps students to structure and visualise concepts, thereby facilitating learning. Although the diagrams produced using this method did not show a significant quantitative improvement in students' learning, they were shown to encourage reflection on the underlying concepts. Educational diagram designers also believed such a method would enhance current design practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2005
    EditorsPhillip D Bust, Paul T McCabe
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)0415374480, 9780415374484
    Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2005
    EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Apr 20057 Apr 2005

    Publication series

    NameContemporary Ergonomics 2005


    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • Children
    • Design process
    • Diagrams

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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