Mathematical modelling in primary school, advantages and challenges

Nourallah Nejad sadeghi, Farzad Bahmaei

Abstract


As the importance of mathematics in the global market increased, various governments have focused on training creative and competent human resources. A country that has creative and innovative workforce in the industry and technology travels the road of development and evolution faster which leads to better education and welfare, appropriate sanitation, and generally more comfortable life. From the sciences which are the bases of technology and development is mathematics, and the most appropriate way to teach mathematics is using its application and  mathematical modelling. In the present article we introduce mathematical modelling and its applications, review similarities and differences with problem solving, and consider how to  introduce it in elementary levels (since we believe that mathematical modelling and applications should be taught in early years of school). We also state some advantages and challenges of introducing mathematical modelling to elementary school students (and generally to school students). The main aim of the present article is to encourage developing countries and the Third World to introduce mathematical modelling into their pedagogical systems, especially elementary schools. We believe that this could lead these nations to develop faster.


Keywords


mathematical modelling, problem solving , applications

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