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Interdisciplinary modelling

English, Lyn D. (2010) Interdisciplinary modelling. Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 9(1).

Abstract

This article examines one approach to promoting creative and flexible use of mathematical ideas within an interdisciplinary context in the primary curriculum, namely, through modelling. Three classes of fifth-grade children worked on a modelling problem, The First Fleet (Australia’s settlement), situated within the curriculum domains of science and studies of society and environment. Reported here are the cycles of development displayed by one group of children as they worked the problem, together with the range of models created across the classes. Children developed mathematisation processes that extended beyond their regular curriculum, including identifying and prioritising key problem elements, exploring relationships among elements, quantifying qualitative data, ranking and aggregating data, and creating and working with weighted scores. Aspects of Goldin’s (2000, 2007) affective structures also appeared to play an important role in the children's mathematical developments.

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ID Code: 31497
Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1450-1104
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)
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 Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Cyprus Mathematical Society
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2010 08:04
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 13:15

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