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Mathematical modelling as problem solving: Primary 6 pupils’ modelling endeavour
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Paper presented at the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, Singapore, 1 - 3 June 2009
Recent developments in the field of mathematics education are suggesting that mathematical modelling be the new focus of research in mathematical problem solving. In Singapore, "applications and modelling" has been included as part of a new process component in the recently revised mathematics curriculum in a move to be relevant to the changing mathematics education landscape. This paper draws on a larger research study in mathematical modelling carried out with Primary 6 pupils and addresses the way the pupils work within a problem-based learning instructional setting towards constructing models. The
modelling task used in this study required pupils to go through four modelling stages towards successful completion of the task such that the pupils have to describe and interpret their conceptions in mathematical ways. This paper reports from selected excerpts that are used to exemplify the pupils' modelling aspects, detailing their generation of emerging models towards optimizing their solution.
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