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ERIC Number: ED496956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Analyzing Student Modeling Cycles in the Context of a "Real World" Problem
Schorr, Roberta Y.; Amit, Miriam
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (29th, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 10-15, 2005), v4 p137-144
Many students do not apply their real world intuitions and sense-making abilities when solving mathematics problems in school. In an effort to better understand how to help students draw upon these valued resources, we investigate the manner in which the solution to a particular problem activity is repeatedly re-interpreted by a student. This is done within the context of a models and modeling framework in which we discuss the modeling cycles and associated models that were used. We suggest that the nature of the problem activity combined with the time and support needed to cycle through multiple models contributed to this student's ability to move beyond his initial, simplistic solution, toward a more complex solution, one that ultimately fit well within his own "real world" intuitions and experiences. (Contains 1 note.) [For complete proceedings, see ED496851.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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