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Seventh-graders' mathematical modelling on completion of a three-year program

English, Lyn D. & Fox, Jillian L. (2005) Seventh-graders' mathematical modelling on completion of a three-year program. In Clarkson, Philip, Downtown, Ann, Gronn, Donna, Horne, Marj, McDonough, Andrea, Pierce, Robyn, et al. (Eds.) MERGA 28 : Building Connections: Theory, research and practice, 7-9 July 2005, Melbourne.

Abstract

This paper addresses 7th-grade children's mathematical modelling at the end of a 3-year program. The children and their teachers participated in a series of mathematical modelling activities from the 5th grade through to the 7th grade. The problems involve authentic situations that need to be interpreted and described in mathematical ways. We examine the mathematical understandings and mathematisation processes that the children used in constructing their models for the final problem (Summer Reading). We report on the nature of the problem factors that the children chose to consider, the operations they applied, the types of transformations they made through these operations, and the representations they used in documenting their models.

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ID Code: 3518
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: mathematical modelling, middle school, elementary, authentic situations, mathematical understandings, mathematical processes, constructing, operations, representations
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 MERGA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:07

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