A Modeling Perspective on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Problem Solving
PublisherMathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal
SourceMathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal
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This study analyzed the processes used by students when engaged in modeling activities and examined how students' abilities to solve modeling problems changed over time. Two student populations, one experimental and one control group, participated in the study. To examine students' modeling processes, the experimental group participated in an intervention program consisting of a sequence of six modeling activities. To examine students' modeling abilities, the experimental and control groups completed a modeling abilities test on three occasions. Results showed that students' models improved as they worked through the sequence of problem activities and also revealed a number of factors, such as students' grade, experiences with modeling activities, and modeling abilities that influenced their modeling processes. The study proposes a three-dimensional theoretical model for examining students' modeling behavior, with subsequent implications for the teaching and learning of mathematical problem solving. (Contains 2 tables, 3 figures and 1 note.)
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