Creating mathematical models with structure

Doyle, Katherine M. (2006) Creating mathematical models with structure. In Novotna, J., Moraova, H., Kratka, M., & Stehlikova, N. (Eds.) 30th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, PME30, July 16-21, 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

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This paper reports on a study that traced the development of year 4 students who were taught to structurally organise text through top-level structuring, as they engaged in two textually-based, mathematical-modelling problems. Top-level structuring is an organizational tool used to structure text for recall and comprehension. First, prior to top-level structure instruction, students investigated a modelling problem where they used data to determine and report on the best condition for growing beans. They were then taught the top-level structuring strategy. Finally, the students worked on a modelling problem where they analysed results to report on the best way to choose a winner of a paper-plane race Results showed evidence that after students were taught to structure the text, they applied the strategy when explaining and justifying their ideas and models.

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ID Code: 14924
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mathematical modelling, top, level structure, mathematical literacy, comprehension, problem solving
ISSN: 0771-100X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > PURE MATHEMATICS (010100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Katherine M. Doyle
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:04

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