The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #15/2010

Tracing Studentsí Modeling Processes in School

N. Mousoulides, M. Pittalis, C. Christou
University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

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B. Sriraman
The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA


Abstract

In this study, we report on an analysis of the mathematization processes of one 6th and one 8th grade group, with emphasis on the similarities and differences between the two groups in solving a modeling problem. Results provide evidence that all students developed the necessary mathematical constructs and processes to actively solve the problem through meaningful problem solving. Eighth graders who were involved in a higher level of understanding the problem presented in the activity employed more sophisticated mathematical concepts and operations, better validated and communicated their results and reached more efficient models. Finally, a reflection on the differences in the diversity and sophistication of the constructed models and mathematization processes between the two groups raises issues regarding the design and implementation of modeling activities in elementary and lower secondary school level.

Keywords: mathematical modeling; mathematization; models and modeling

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Prepress version of Chapter in R. Lesh et al. (eds.) (2010), Modeling Studentsí Mathematical Modeling Competencies, (pp.119-129).DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-0561-1_10, C _ Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 Pdf (649 KB)