Introducing young children to complex systems through modeling

English, Lyn D. (2006) Introducing young children to complex systems through modeling. In Grootenboer, Peter, Zevenbergen, Robyn, & Chinnappan, Mohan (Eds.) 29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 1-5 July 2006, Canberra, Australia.

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In recent years, educators have been calling for an increased focus on complex systems across the school years. One approach to achieving this is through modelling, where children think mathematically about relevant relationships, patterns, and regularities in dealing with authentic problems. This paper reports on the different mathematical models created by three classes of fourth-grade children (9-year-olds) in working a problem that addressed the complex system of team sports. Consideration is given to the problem elements and interactions the children explored, together with the ways in which they operated on and transformed the given data.

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ID Code: 18042
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Complex systems, Mathematical modeling
ISBN: 1-920846-12-3
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2009 04:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:08

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