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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. In Chick, Helen L. & Vincent, Jill L. (Eds.) 29th Conference of the International group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 10-15, 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

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: 3520
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: mathematical modeling, research, concept development, mathematical thinking, models and modeling perspective
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 13:27

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