Themes for mathematical modeling that interest Dutch students in secondary education. (English)

Ubuz, Behiye (ed.) et al., CERME 8. Proceedings of the eigth congress of the European Society of Research in Mathematics Education, Antalya, Turkey, February 6‒10, 2013. Ankara: Middle East Technical University (ISBN 978-975-429-315-9). 1021-1030 (2013).

Summary: We describe empirical research into the question which possible themes for mathematical modeling interest Dutch high school students. We investigate possible differences between boys’ and girls’ interests. We also study differences between students in two different streams of the Dutch school system, called havo and vwo. Our study confirms in the mathematical domain the conclusion of international surveys about students’ interests in the natural sciences that there are marked differences between boys and girls. However, our study did not find such differences between the havo and vwo streams, although Dutch literature suggested otherwise.