Complex systems in the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum: A focus on modeling

English, Lyn D. (2007) Complex systems in the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum: A focus on modeling. In Sriraman, Bharath (Ed.) Beliefs and Mathematics : Festschrift in honor of Guenter Toerner's 60th Birthday. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, USA, pp. 139-156.


An appreciation and understanding of the world as comprising interrelated complex systems is critical for all citizens in making effective decisions about their lives, their families, their communities, and the environment. This paper argues for the need to introduce elementary and middle school children to the rudiments of "basic complex" systems within the mathematics curriculum. A powerful avenue for doing so is through mathematical modeling. Following an overview of the key features of complex systems and mathematical modeling, a sample problem is presented to illustrate one way in which children can engage with basic complex systems. Some ways in which 4th and 5th grade children solved the problem are presented.

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ID Code: 10878
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: complex systems mathematical modelling
ISBN: 9781593118693
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Information Age Publishing
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:36

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