Organisational Structure for Mathematical Modelling

Doyle, Katherine M. (2006) Organisational Structure for Mathematical Modelling. In Grootenboer, P., Zevenbergen, R., & Chinnappan, M. (Eds.) MERGA 29: Identities, Cultures and Learning Spaces, 1-5th July, 2006, Canberra, Australia.


The effects of reading comprehension on the mathematical-modelling problem-solving process is yet unresolved. This paper reports on a study conducted with two classes of year four students. It investigated the extent to which a literary organisational structuring strategy: top-level structure, may change students' engagement in mathematical modelling. Mathematical-modelling problems require students to negotiate various texts as they negotiate the problem-solving process to learn mathematical skills. The strategy of top-level structuring aids students to structurally organise textual information, and to elicit and recall the main idea of texts. This research illustrated that top-level structuring can make a difference to young students’ mathematical-modelling outcomes to some degree. Further in-depth research on the issues raised here is warranted.

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ID Code: 14922
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: mathematical modelling, mathematical literacy, comprehension, top, level structure, problem, solving
ISBN: 1920846123
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > PURE MATHEMATICS (010100)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 MERGA
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:04

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