Mathematical Modelling with 9-year-olds

English, Lyn D. & Watters, James J. (2005) Mathematical Modelling with 9-year-olds. In Chick, Helen L. & Vincent, Jill L. (Eds.) 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 10-15, 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

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This paper reports on the mathematical modelling of four classes of 4th-grade children as they worked on a mathematical modelling problem involving the selection of an Australian swimming team for the 2004 Olympics. The problem was implemented during the second year of the children’s participation in a 3-year longitudinal program of modelling experiences (i.e., grades 3-5; 2003-2005). During this second year the children completed one prepatory activity and three comprehensive modelling problems. Throughout the two years, regular teacher meetings, workshops, and reflective analysis sessions were conducted. The children displayed several modelling cycles as they worked the Olympics problem an adopted different approaches to model construction. The children’s models revealed informal understandings of variation, aggregation and ranking of scores, inverse proportion, and weighting of variables.

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ID Code: 3515
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: elementary, mathematical modelling, modelling problems, cycles, informal math understanding
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:07

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