id: 06169769
dt: a
an: 2013c.00924
au: Mousoulides, Nicholas G.
ti: Mathematical modeling with SimCalc: enhancing students’ complex problem
solving skills using a modeling approach.
so: Hegedus, Stephen J. (ed.) et al., The SimCalc vision and contributions.
Democratizing access to important mathematics. Dordrecht: Springer
(ISBN 978-94-007-5695-3/hbk; 978-94-007-5696-0/ebook). Advances in
Mathematics Education, 363-381 (2013).
py: 2013
pu: Dordrecht: Springer
la: EN
cc: U52 M52 D52
ut: modeling; problem solving; computer aided instruction; interdisciplinary
approach; cognitive technological tools; science eucation;
technology-based modeling; real-world problems
ci:
li: doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5696-0_20
ab: Summary: This chapter argues for a future-oriented, interdisciplinary
approach to mathematical problem solving in the elementary school ‒
one that draws upon the engineering domain, using cognitive
technological tools. New approaches in mathematics and science
education and new forms of thinking and problem solving skills are
needed as the world’s increasing complexity, competitiveness,
interconnectivity, and dependence on technology generate new challenges
and demands. The author considers complex problem solving within the
mathematics and science curriculum and address how SimCalc
MathWorlds$^{\circledR}$ complements and enriches mathematical modeling
in solving complex engineering-based problems. He reports on a study in
which a class of 9-year olds created several different models for
solving a complex problem on rocketry engineering. Results showed that
young students, even before instruction, have the capacity to deal with
complex interdisciplinary problems. Students created quite appropriate
models that adequately solved the problem, by developing the necessary
mathematical constructs and processes. The author concludes with a
discussion on the appropriateness of a technology-based modeling
approach as a means for introducing complex, real-world problems to
elementary school students.
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