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Title: Assessment of Primary 5 students’ mathematical modelling competencies
Authors: Chan, Eric Chun Ming
Ng, Dawn Kit Ee
Widjaja, Wanty
Seto, Cynthia
Keywords: Assessment
Mathematical modelling
Model-eliciting activities
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Chan, E. C. M., Ng, D. K. E., Widjaja, W., & Seto, C. (2012). Assessment of primary 5 students’ mathematical modelling competencies. Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 35(2), 146-178.
Abstract: Mathematical modelling is increasingly becoming part of an instructional approach deemed to develop students with competencies to function as 21st century learners and problem solvers. As mathematical modelling is a relatively new domain in the Singapore primary school mathematics curriculum, many teachers may not be aware of the learning outcomes and competencies needed to develop in their students during mathematical modelling. This paper reports on the assessment of two groups of Primary 5 students’ (aged 11) mathematical modelling competencies in their first attempt in completing a modelling task. The students’ competencies are assessed to be at levels 1 and 2 of a researcher-designed rubric. Findings appear to suggest that students faced particular challenges in formulating a mathematical problem from the real-world problem through making assumptions. Implications on teacher education on the facilitation of problem formulation and mathematisation during mathematical modelling at the primary level are drawn.
ISSN: 0126-7663
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