
06540164
a
2016b.00310
Vos, Pauline
Authenticity in extracurricular mathematics activities: researching authenticity as a social construct.
Stillman, Gloria Ann (ed.) et al., Mathematical modelling in education research and practice. Cultural, social and cognitive influences. Cham: Springer (ISBN 9783319182711/hbk; 9783319182728/ebook). International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling, 105113 (2015).
2015
Cham: Springer
EN
D30
M10
modeling
extracurricular activities
authenticity
doi:10.1007/9783319182728_8
Summary: In this chapter I study authentic aspects in mathematics education, in particular with respect to mathematical modelling. I define `authenticity' as a social construct, building on the French sociologist \'Emile Durkheim. For an aspect to be authentic, it needs to have: (1) an outofschool origin and (2) a certification of originality. The study validates this definition, asking: what authentic aspects can be identified within mathematics education? Data were collected from the excursion Railway Timetable Dynamics. During the excursion secondary school students were exposed to research carried out by university mathematicians on behalf of the National Railway Company. The authentic aspects were mathematical or nonmathematical. Often the certification was a testimony by an expert.