Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary School

Watters, James J., English, Lyn D., & Mahoney, Sue (2004) Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary School. In American Educational Research Association Annual meeting, April, San Diego. (Unpublished)


This presentation draws on the first year of a 3-year longitudinal study of elementary children’s development of mathematical modeling and their teachers’ associated professional development. We address the design of "pre-modeling" experiences that teachers implemented in 4 third-grade classrooms (8-year-olds), and show how these facilitated children’s working of subsequent model-eliciting activities (Doerr & English, 2003; Lesh, Hoover, Hole, Kelly & Post, 2000). We report on the mathematical and social gains that children made during these model-eliciting activities, including their abilities to interpret and work with mathematical information, to identify trends and patterns in data, to represent their mathematical ideas in different formats, and to communicate and justify their mathematical ideas. Brief consideration is also given to issues that arose in the professional development experiences of the teachers.

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ID Code: 1667
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: mathematical modelling, classroom research, elementary school
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 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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