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Mathematical modelling as a learning experience in the classroom
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Paper presented at the 17th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics(2012), Bangkok, Thailand, 16 – 20 December 2012
Mathematical modelling has been gaining attention and becoming a part of classroom practice in many countries. In Singapore, despite recognizing its importance and relevance, curriculum planners and teachers face various challenges in including and incorporating mathematical modelling in their teaching curriculum. Nonetheless, the recommended practice is to expose students to learning experiences in mathematical modelling whenever and wherever possible. In this paper, a framework which serves a practical guide for teachers in planning instruction in mathematical modelling will be introduced. Examples illustrating the application of this framework by teachers in crafting classroom learning experience in mathematical modelling will be presented. In addition, a learning experience implemented for a group of teachers in an in-service course will also be discussed. It is no coincidence that technology had featured quite prominently in these examples as mathematical modelling in practice would often involve the use of some specific technological tools.
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