Mathematical texts in a mathematical modelling learning environment in primary school. (English)

Stillman, Gloria Ann (ed.) et al., Mathematical modelling in education research and practice. Cultural, social and cognitive influences. Cham: Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-18271-1/hbk; 978-3-319-18272-8/ebook). International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling, 535-543 (2015).

Summary: This chapter deals with a study involving mathematical modelling in primary school. It aims at analysing what kinds of text are produced in the learning environment of mathematical modelling. The participants were the teacher and her 22 students, aged 9‒10 years old, who attended the fourth grade in a private school in Brazil. According to Bernstein’s theory, the principles governing the pedagogical practice of a given context allow the production of different texts for the instruction of school mathematics. In this study, three types of instructional mathematical texts were identified: contextualized, critical and interdisciplinary.