Development Of 10-Year-Olds’ Mathematical Modelling

English, Lyn D. (2002) Development Of 10-Year-Olds’ Mathematical Modelling. In English, Lyn D. (Ed.) International PME Conference 2002, 2002, University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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This paper addresses the developments of a class of fifth-grade children as they worked modelling problems during the first year of a 3-year longitudinal study. In contrast to usual classroom problems where students find a brief answer to a particular question, modelling activities involve students in authentic case studies that require them to create a system of relationships that is generalisable and re-usable. The present study shows how 10-year-olds, who had not experienced modelling before, used their existing informal mathematical knowledge to generate new ideas and relationships, and how these developments were fuelled by significant social interactions within small group settings.

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ID Code: 1657
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mathematical modelling, elementary school, modelling activities
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 2002 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:40

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