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ERIC Number: EJ1054965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1886-1350
Mathematics Teachers' Ideas about Mathematical Models: A Diverse Landscape
Bautista, Alfredo; Wilkerson-Jerde, Michelle H.; Tobin, Roger G.; Brizuela, Bárbara M.
PNA, v9 n1 p1-28 2014
This paper describes the ideas that mathematics teachers (grades 5-9) have regarding mathematical models of real-world phenomena, and explores how teachers' ideas differ depending on their educational background. Participants were 56 United States in-service mathematics teachers. We analyzed teachers' written responses to three open-ended questions through content analysis. A varied landscape of ideas was identified. Teachers referred to different entities as constituting models, expressed different ideas about whether data points can be part of models, and whether models convey more information than data. Interesting differences according to educational background were identified, especially between teachers with and without mathematics backgrounds.
Universidad de Granada Didáctica de la Matemática: Persamiento Numerico, FQM-193. Campus de Cartuja, Granada, Spain 18071. Tel: +34-958-241503; Fax: +34-958-246359; e-mail: pna@ugr.es; Web site: http://www.pna.es
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-0962863