Complex Modelling in the Primary and Middle School Years : An Interdisciplinary Approach

English, Lyn D. (2013) Complex Modelling in the Primary and Middle School Years : An Interdisciplinary Approach. In Stillman, Gloria Ann, Kaiser, Gabriele, Blum, Werner, & Brown, Jill P. (Eds.) Teaching Mathematical Modelling : Connecting to Research and Practice. Springer Science + Business Media, Dordrecht, pp. 491-505.

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The world’s increasing complexity, competitiveness, interconnectivity, and dependence on technology generate new challenges for nations and individuals that cannot be met by continuing education as usual. With the proliferation of complex systems have come new technologies for communication, collaboration, and conceptualisation. These technologies have led to signifi cant changes in the forms of mathematical and scientifi c thinking required beyond the classroom. Modelling, in its various forms, can develop and broaden students’ mathematical and scientific thinking beyond the standard curriculum. This chapter first considers future competencies in the mathematical sciences within an increasingly complex world. Consideration is then given to interdisciplinary problem solving and models and modelling, as one means of addressing these competencies. Illustrative case studies involving complex, interdisciplinary modelling activities in Years 1 and 7 are presented.

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ID Code: 64825
Item Type: Book Chapter
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6540-5_42
ISBN: 9789400765399
ISSN: 2211-4920
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2013 23:12
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 15:48

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