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Professional modellers’ conceptions of the notion of mathematical modelling: Ideas for education
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3681-3535
2018 (English)In: ZDM - the International Journal on Mathematics Education, ISSN 1863-9690, E-ISSN 1863-9704, Vol. 50, no 1-2, p. 117-127Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The notion of mathematical modelling has multiple interpretations in research literature and has been included in curriculum documents in various ways. This study presents a thematic analysis of nine professional modellers’ conceptions of the notion of mathematical modelling, representing scholarly knowledge. The result is organised according to four main aspects of modelling, that is description, understanding, abstraction and negotiation, representing key features of mathematical models and how people are affected by, or engage in, modelling work. The paper concludes with a discussion of some potential benefits for mathematics education that might be drawn from the study from the perspective of the ‘gap’ between mathematical modelling in educational and non-educational contexts, in terms of curriculum design and teaching practice.

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Springer, 2018. Vol. 50, no 1-2, p. 117-127
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The notion of mathematical modelling; Professional modellers; Curriculum development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147734DOI: 10.1007/s11858-018-0928-2ISI: 000430868400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147734DiVA, id: diva2:1204480
Available from: 2018-05-08 Created: 2018-05-08 Last updated: 2018-06-03Bibliographically approved

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