Teacherâ€™s views on modeling as a creative mathematical activity. (English)

Leikin, Roza (ed.) et al., Creativity and giftedness. Interdisciplinary perspectives from mathematics and beyond. Cham: Springer (ISBN 978-3-319-38838-0/hbk; 978-3-319-38840-3/ebook). Advances in Mathematics Education, 47-55 (2017).

Summary: In this chapter we examine mathematical modeling activities presented in high school textbooks in Iceland with respect to how teachers utilize such activities. We first argue on the basis of the existing literature that mathematical modeling may be viewed as a creative mathematical activity. We ask whether the institutionalization of mathematical modeling through school textbooks in the form of activities convey the creative aspect of modeling. To answer the question, we examine the views of a group of Icelandic high school teachers about modeling activities, and ways in which they implement them in the classroom. Preliminary results indicate that teacherâ€™s use a dialogic and practical approach to modeling activities as opposed to a strictly mathematical approach. We discuss their views within the Icelandic context.