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Palsdottir, Gudbjorg
Sriraman, Bharath
Teacher's views on modeling as a creative mathematical activity.
Leikin, Roza (ed.) et al., Creativity and giftedness. Interdisciplinary perspectives from mathematics and beyond. Cham: Springer (ISBN 9783319388380/hbk; 9783319388403/ebook). Advances in Mathematics Education, 4755 (2017).
2017
Cham: Springer
EN
C29
M10
D80
C40
mathematical modeling
mathematical creativity
modeling tasks
math textbooks
inservice teachers
Iceland
doi:10.1007/9783319388403_4
Summary: In this chapter we examine mathematical modeling activities presented in high school textbooks in Iceland with respect to how teachers utilize such activities. We first argue on the basis of the existing literature that mathematical modeling may be viewed as a creative mathematical activity. We ask whether the institutionalization of mathematical modeling through school textbooks in the form of activities convey the creative aspect of modeling. To answer the question, we examine the views of a group of Icelandic high school teachers about modeling activities, and ways in which they implement them in the classroom. Preliminary results indicate that teacher's use a dialogic and practical approach to modeling activities as opposed to a strictly mathematical approach. We discuss their views within the Icelandic context.