## Abstract

The objective of this article is to present a current panorama of research on mathematical modelling in Brazilian mathematics education by approaching it from three perspectives. The first addresses the historical roots of this field of knowledge in Brazil, highlighting the relationship with the international community, masters and doctoral research, and some important forums dedicated to modelling in Brazil. The second is a synthesis of some existing works also dedicated to the discussion of Brazilian research and publications related to modelling in mathematics education. The third perspective consists of description and analysis of research, in terms of the authors’ proposed objectives, presented in recent national scientific events, seeking to characterize and comprehend current interests that move research in this field. Based on this panorama, I offer some cautionary notes to Brazilian researchers regarding care to be taken when proposing new research in modelling in mathematics education, and I present a proposal for future studies.

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## Notes

The main findings of these studies will be presented in the next two sections.

Translated from the original Portuguese text.

Issues 2 and 3, volume 38, 2006.

More information is available at http://www.sbem.com.br/gt10.

Although I know of other groups in the country dedicated to this theme, I selected several that are well represented at national events, such as the CNMEM and SIPEM and the National Meeting of Mathematics Education (ENEM), and which illustrate well the geographical expansion of modelling in Brazilian mathematics education.

More information is available at: http://www.furb.br/cremm/portugues/index.php.

More information is available at: http://www.rc.unesp.br/igce/pgem/gpimem.html.

More information is available at: http://www.uefs.br/nupemm/.

More information is available at: http://www.ufpa.br/npadc/gemm/grupo.htm.

Brazil is a federative republic formed of 26 states plus the Federal District, and São Paulo is one of the states.

There were no events in Brazil in 2008 with significant participation of the community involved in modelling in mathematics education. The SIPEM and CNMEM that followed the ones analysed here took place in 2009, after this article was written. The next ENEM is scheduled to take place in July 2010.

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I would like to thank Marcelo Borba and Ubiratan D’Ambrosio for the invitation to participate in this special issue of ZDM, Gabriele Kaiser for her support during the process of review, Jonei Barbosa for comments made on earlier versions of the paper, the reviewers of ZDM for their comments and Marcos Oliveira for the comprehension and support whilst this paper was being written. I am grateful to the *Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior* (CAPES), of the Ministry of Education of Brazil, for the financial support to the post-doctoral research.

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Work developed during the author’s post-doctoral studies at the University of Lisbon, with the support of the *Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior* (CAPES) of the Ministry of Education of Brazil (Process no. 0799/08-4). Text translated to English from the original in Portuguese by Anne Kepple.

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de Loiola Araújo, J. Brazilian research on modelling in mathematics education.
*ZDM Mathematics Education* **42**, 337–348 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-010-0238-9

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