Integrating engineering model eliciting activities in elementary school curricula

Mousoulides, Nicholas G. & English, Lyn D. (2009) Integrating engineering model eliciting activities in elementary school curricula. In Kaiser, G., Blum, W., Borromeo Ferri, R., & Stillman, G. (Eds.) Trends in teaching and learning of mathematical modelling - Proceedings of ICTMA14, Springer, Hamburg, Germany.

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This paper argues for a future-oriented, inclusion of Engineering Model Eliciting Activities (EngMEAs) in elementary mathematics curricula. In EngMEAs students work with meaningful engineering problems that capitalise on and extend their existing mathematics and science learning, to develop, revise and document powerful models, while working in groups. The models developed by six groups of 12-year students in solving the Natural Gas activity are presented. Results showed that student models adequately solved the problem, although student models did not take into account all the data provided. Student solutions varied to the extent students employed the engineering context in their models and to their understanding of the mathematical concepts involved in the problem. Finally, recommendations for implementing EngMEAs and for further research are discussed.

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ID Code: 28438
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Engineering, Modeling, Elementary curriculum
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2010 00:03
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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