Learning mathematics in secondary school: the case of mathematical modelling enabled by technology. (English)

Cho, Sung Je (ed.), Selected regular lectures from the 12th international congress on mathematical education, ICME 12, Seoul, Korea, July 8‒15, 2012. Cham: Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-17186-9/hbk; 978-3-319-17187-6/ebook). 203-222 (2015).

Summary: This paper describes a study which was undertaken to investigate the impact of teaching mathematics using mathematical modelling and applications at senior secondary school level in India. While traditionally the emphasis in mathematics teaching in India is on the development of procedural skills, the study shows that the use of modelling and applications enabled by technology enhanced student’s understanding of concepts and led them to explore mathematical ideas beyond their level. Using this approach, a balanced use of technology and paper pencil skills led to a deeper understanding of the subject.