Students’ approaches to learning a new mathematical model

Flegg, Jennifer, Mallet, Daniel G., & Lupton, Mandy (2013) Students’ approaches to learning a new mathematical model. Teaching mathematics and it's applications.

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In this article, we report on the findings of an exploratory study into the experience of undergraduate students as they learn new mathematical models. Qualitative and quanti- tative data based around the students’ approaches to learning new mathematical models were collected. The data revealed that students actively adopt three approaches to under- standing a new mathematical model: gathering information for the task of understanding the model, practising with and using the model, and finding interrelationships between elements of the model. We found that the students appreciate mathematical models that have a real world application and that this can be used to engage students in higher level learning approaches.

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ID Code: 56429
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mathematical models, HERN, student learning, higher education, learning approaches
DOI: 10.1093/teamat/hrs014
ISSN: 1471-6976 (online) 0268-3679 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
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
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author 2013. All rights reserved.
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2013 02:20
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 00:24

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