On the use of realistic Fermi problems for introducingmathematical modelling in school
2009 (English)In: The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast, ISSN 1551-3440, Vol. 6, no 3, 331-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper an analytical tool referred to as the MAD (Modelling Activity Diagram) framework adapted from Schoenfeld’s parsing protocol coding scheme is used to address the issues of how to introduce mathematical modelling to upper secondary students. The work of three groups of students engaged in solving so called realistic Fermi problems were analysed using this framework, and it was observed that the processes involved in a typical mathematical modelling cycle were richly represented in the groups’ solving processes. The importance of the social interactions within the groups was noted, as well as the extensive use of extra-mathematical knowledge used by the students during the problem solving session.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics & Information Age Publishing , 2009. Vol. 6, no 3, 331-364 p.
Fermi problems, Fermi estimates, Modelling cycles, Mathematical modelling, Modelling activity diagram
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54664DiVA: diva2:306585