Mathematical Modelling in Education Research and Practice. Cultural, Social and Cognitive Influences

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Mathematical Modelling in Education Research and Practice. Cultural, Social and Cognitive Influences
Villarreal, M.; Esteley, C. y Smith, S. (2015). Pre-service mathematics teachers involved in modelling projects. En Stillman, G.; Blum, W. & Biembengut, M. (Eds). Mathematical Modelling in Education Research and Practice. Cultural, Social and Cognitive Influences. ICTMA Series. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-18271-1

Partial findings from a research project aimed at characterising experiences in mathematical modelling (MM) projects carried out by pre-service mathematics teachers are reported. The non-mathematical themes selected and the mathematical content used in designing and developing free MM projects are reported. Aspects of the socio-critical modelling perspective present in such projects are also analysed. This analysis revealed that: (a) the selected themes could be categorized as: socio-economic, ecological, personally relevant, didactical and mathematically focused; (b) the mathematical content involved in the projects were associated with statistics, probability, and analysis. The study of a single project about trash and recyclable collection reveals characteristics of socio critical modelling perspective, difficulties of the MM process, and educational reflections.

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