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Modeling with data in Cypriot and Australian primary classrooms

Mousoulides, Nicholas G. & English, Lyn D. (2008) Modeling with data in Cypriot and Australian primary classrooms. In Figueras, Olimpia, Cortina, Jose Luis, Alatorre, Silvia, Rojano, Teresa, & Sepulveda, Armando (Eds.) Joint Meeting of the International Group and the North American Chapter of Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME 32), 17 - 21 July 2008, Morelia, Mexico.

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Abstract

This paper addresses the mathematical developments of two classes of ten- year- old students in Cyprus and Australia as they worked on a complex modeling problem involving interpreting and dealing with multiple sets of data. Modeling problems require students to analyse a real-world based situation, pose and test conjectures, and construct models that are generalizable and re-usable. Our findings show that students in both countries, with different cultural and educational backgrounds and inexperienced in modeling, were able to engage effectively with the problem and, furthermore, adopted similar approaches to model creation. The children progressed through a number of modeling cycles, from focusing on subsets of information through to applying mathematical operations in dealing with the data sets, and finally, identifying trends and relationships.

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ID Code: 17682
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: mathematical modeling, data, cross-cultural studies
ISBN: 9789689020066
ISSN: 0771-100X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Lyn D. English and Nicholas G. Mousoulides
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2009 08:39
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:08

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