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ERIC Number: EJ856173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Mathematical Modelling as Problem Solving for Children in the Singapore Mathematics Classrooms
Eric, Chan Chun Ming
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v32 n1 p36-61 2009
The newly revised mathematics curriculum in Singapore has recently factored Applications and Modelling to be part of the teaching and learning of mathematics. Its implication is that even children should now be involved in works of mathematical modelling. However, to be able to implement modelling activities in the primary mathematics classroom, it is at the outset needful for teachers to have an understanding of what it is, how it is different from conventional pedagogies, and what the learning outcomes look like. Since the goal of the Singapore mathematics curriculum is problem solving, I discuss mathematical modelling as problem solving and examine the mathematical reasoning of two groups of high-ability Primary 6 students in their engagement of a model-eliciting task based on a classroom research. Comparisons of the two groups within the modelling stages show that primary school students were able to reason mathematically towards constructing models. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore