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Jerry P. Becker

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Announcement: Research Forum at PME
Posted: Jun 30, 2014 5:20 PM
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Sent at the request of Jinfa Cai.
A Research Forum on

Mathematical Modeling in School Education:
Mathematical, Cognitive, Curricular,
Instructional, and Teacher Education Perspectives

Jinfa Cai, Michelle Cirillo, and John A. Pelesko, University of Delaware
Rita Borromeo Ferri, Universität Kassel
Marcelo Borba, Sao Paulo State University
Vincent Geiger, Catholic University
Gloria Stillman, Australian Catholic University
Lyn D. English, Queensland U of Technology
Geoff Wake, University of Nottingham
Gabriele Kaiser, University of Hamburg
OhNam Kwon, Seoul National University


The purpose of this Research Forum is to present
and discuss five perspectives on research and
practice in the teaching and learning of
mathematical modeling in K-12 school mathematics
classrooms and to engage participants in
advancing our understanding of the teaching and
learning of mathematical modeling.

In today's dynamic, digital society, mathematics
is an integral and essential component of
investigation in disciplines such as biology,
medicine, the social sciences, business, advanced
design, climate, finance, advanced materials, and
many more. In each of these areas, this work
demands an understanding of and facility with
mathematical modeling to make sense of related
phenomena. Mathematics education is beginning to
reflect the increased emphasis of mathematical
modeling. In fact, mathematical modeling has been
explicitly included in national curriculum
standards in various countries. For example, in
the United States, real-world applications and
modeling are recurring features throughout the
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

In the past several decades, the mathematics
education research community has made great
efforts to study the issues related to the
teaching and learning of mathematical modelling.
Recent interest in mathematical modeling has been
stimulated by OECD's PISA study, which assessed
students' mathematical literacy, as well as the
publication of the CCSSM in the United States.
However, despite the increased interest in
mathematical modeling, a large number of
questions remain unanswered.. A substantial gap
between the forefront of research and development
in mathematics education, on the one hand, and
the mainstream of mathematics instruction, on the
other. Twenty years later, this gap still exists.
The main goal of this forum is to help narrow
this gap with respect to the important area of
mathematical modeling. In particular, this
Research Forum provides a venue for researchers
around the world to present findings and discuss
issues surrounding the teaching and learning of
mathematical modeling from the following five
perspectives: Mathematical, Cognitive,
Curricular, Instructional, and Teacher Education
Perspectives. In each perspective, we list a set
of research questions to be discussed.

This Research Forum starts to address a set of
research questions in each perspective. Through
the presentations and discussion, we hope to
present a state of the art about the research on
mathematical modelling from each perspective.

After the conference, the organizers plan to
develop a journal special issue and a book on the
teaching and learning of mathematical modeling
based on this Research Forum. We welcome all
participants to contribute their ideas and papers.


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