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Mathematical Modelling for Teachers

A Practical Guide to Applicable Mathematics Education

  • Jürgen Maaß
  • Niamh O’Meara
  • Patrick Johnson
  • John O’Donoghue

Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 1-21
  3. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 23-29
  4. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 31-42
  5. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 43-79
  6. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 81-113
  7. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 115-126
  8. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 127-138
  9. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 139-147
  10. Jürgen Maaß, Niamh O’Meara, Patrick Johnson, John O’Donoghue
    Pages 149-159

About this book

Introduction

While there are many areas of focus in mathematics education, there are many good reasons for offering applicable mathematics education in schools. Let us just mention two of the most important reasons. On the one hand, a focus on the practical side of mathematics presents a convincing and motivating answer to the typical student question: ‘Why study mathematics?’ On the other hand, education policy seems inclined to move in this direction by implementing international testing, curricula and catalogues of skills.

The most important feature of this book is that the authors speak directly to you, the mathematics teachers. The authors attempt to draw you into a continuous dialogue about activities you are asked to engage in as learners. You are asked to do something, and through doing and reflecting you will gain first-hand experience of new approaches and materials. In this way, you can learn to teach applicable mathematics to your students using your own experience as learners of applicable mathematics, motivated and supported by the book.

Here applicable mathematics education is the phrase we use to describe reality-based mathematics education. Reality-based mathematics relies heavily on problem solving and a positive disposition to engage with mathematics. Modelling reality and simulating selected aspects of reality are other pillars of reality-based mathematics education.

Keywords

reality-based mathematics education problem solving mathematical modelling mathematical simulation school mathematics math problems maths class Teaching mathematics Teaching real world problems Teaching mathematical modelling Useful guideline for teachers Practical help for mathematics teachers

Authors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Maaß
    • 1
  • Niamh O’Meara
    • 2
  • Patrick Johnson
    • 3
  • John O’Donoghue
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für Didaktik der MathematikUniversität LinzLinzAustria
  2. 2.EPISTEM, National Centre for STEM Education, School of EducationUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  4. 4.EPISTEM, National Centre for STEM Education, School of EducationUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-00431-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00430-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00431-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-7672
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-7680
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