Trends in the Evolution of Models & Modeling Perspectives on Mathematical Learning and Problem Solving

Lesh, Richard & English, Lyn D. (2005) Trends in the Evolution of Models & Modeling Perspectives on Mathematical Learning and Problem Solving. International Reviews on Mathematical Education, 37(6), pp. 487-489.


In this paper we briefly outline the models and modeling (M&M) perspective of mathematical thinking and learning relevant for the 21st century. Models and modeling (M&M) research often investigates the nature of understandings and abilities that are needed in order for students to be able to use what they have (presumably) learned in the classroom in "real life" situations beyond school. Nonetheless, M&M perspectives evolved out of research on concept development more than research on problem solving; and, rather than being preoccupied with the kind of word problems emphasized in textbooks and standardised tests, we focus on (simulations of) problem solving "in the wild". Also, we give special attention to the fact that, in a technology-based "age of information", significant changes are occurring in the kinds of "mathematical thinking" that is coming to be needed in the everyday lives of ordinary people in the 21st century - as well as in the lives of productive people in future-oriented fields that are heavy users of mathematics, science, and technology.

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ID Code: 3516
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see link). Author contact details: l.english
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Keywords: mathematical modeling, research, concept development, mathematical thinking, models and modeling perspective
ISSN: 1615-679X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 FIZ Karlsruhe
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 03:26

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