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On the use of realistic Fermi problems for introducing mathematical modelling in school. (English)
Mont. Math. Enthus. 6, No. 3, 331-364 (2009).
Summary: This paper uses an analytical tool refereed to as the MAD (Modelling Activity Diagram) framework adapted from Schoenfeld’s parsing protocol coding scheme to address the issues of how to introduce mathematical modelling to upper secondary students. The work of three groups of students engaged in solving so called realistic Fermi problems were analysed using this framework, and it was observed that the processes involved in a typical mathematical modelling cycle were richly represented in the groups’ solving processes. The importance of the social interactions within the groups was noted, as well as the extensive use of extramathematical knowledge used by the students during the problem solving session.
Classification: M10 D50
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