Promoting interdisciplinarity through mathematical modelling

English, Lyn D. (2009) Promoting interdisciplinarity through mathematical modelling. ZDM, 41(1-2), pp. 161-181.

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This article presents one approach to addressing the important issue of interdisciplinarity in the primary school mathematics curriculum, namely, through realistic mathematical modelling problems. Such problems draw upon other disciplines for their contexts and data. The article initially considers the nature of modelling with complex systems and discusses how such experiences differ from existing problem-solving activities in the primary mathematics curriculum. Principles for designing interdisciplinary modelling problems are then addressed, with reference to two mathematical modelling problems— one based in the scientific domain and the other in the literary domain. Examples of the models children have created in solving these problems follow. A reflection on the differences in the diversity and sophistication of these models raises issues regarding the design of interdisciplinary modelling problems. The article concludes with suggested opportunities for generating multidisciplinary projects within the regular mathematics curriculum.

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ID Code: 28437
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Mathematics modeling
DOI: 10.1007/s11858-008-0106-z
ISSN: 1863-9690
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
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2009 22:10
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:09

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