Reconciling theory, research, and practice : a models and modelling perspective

English, Lyn D. (2003) Reconciling theory, research, and practice : a models and modelling perspective. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 54(2 & 3), pp. 225-248.

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This paper addresses one approach to reconciling theory, research, and practice,namely, a multitiered teaching experiment involving a models and modelling approachto learning. The four-tiered teaching experiment explored in this paper involves participants at different levels of development who work interdependently towards the common goal of finding meaning in, and learning from, their respective experiences. The research examined here is concerned with the design and implementation of experiences that maximise learning at each level. These experiences involve the construction and application of models, which are used to describe, make sense of, explain, or predict the behaviour of some complex system. Two classroom studies are presented to illustrate how a theory of models and modelling can guide the development and implementation of a multitiered teaching experiment. A focus on the teachers’ construction of models of teaching and learning is presented to illustrate how theory and research can assist the practice of classroom teachers.

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ID Code: 1632
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: reconciling theory, model construction, model application, multitiered research design
DOI: 10.1023/B:EDUC.0000006167.14146.7b
ISSN: 1573-0816
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink.
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:07

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