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Mathematical Modelling Education in East and West

  • Frederick Koon Shing Leung
  • Gloria Ann Stillman
  • Gabriele Kaiser
  • Ka Lok Wong


  • Covers crucial research and thinking about the teaching and learning of mathematical modeling and applications

  • Shows recent developments in the learning and teaching of mathematical modeling at an international level

  • Provides an indicator for the development of the field of mathematical modeling and applications


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frederick Koon Shing Leung, Gloria Ann Stillman, Gabriele Kaiser, Ka Lok Wong
      Pages 3-16
  3. Theoretical Issues

  4. Pedagogical Issues

About this book


This book documents ongoing research and theorizing in the sub-field of mathematics education devoted to the teaching and learning of mathematical modelling and applications. Mathematical modelling provides a way of conceiving and resolving problems in people’s everyday lives as well as sophisticated new problems for society at large. 

Mathematical tradition in China that emphasizes algorithm and computation has now seen a renaissance in mathematical modelling and applications where China has made significant progress with its economy, science and technology. In recent decades, teaching and learning of mathematical modelling as well as contests in mathematical modelling have been flourishing at different levels of education in China. 

Today, teachers and researchers in China become keener to learn from their colleagues from Western countries and other parts of the world in research and teaching of mathematical modelling and applications. 

The book provides a dialogue and communication between colleagues from across the globe with new impetus and resources for mathematical modelling education and its research in both West and East with new ideas on modelling teaching and practices, inside and outside classrooms.

All authors of this book are members of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA), the peak research body into researching the teaching, assessing and learning of mathematical modelling at all levels of education from the early years to tertiary education as well as in the workplace. The book is of interest to researchers, mathematics educators, teacher educators, education administrators, policy writers, curriculum developers, professional developers, in-service teachers and pre-service teachers including those interested in mathematical literacy.


Mathematical Modelling Education Mathematical Applications Mathematics Teacher Education Interdisciplinary Studies Modelling Tools/Modelling Software Modelling Tools/Modelling Software Multi-Disciplinary Studies Cross Disciplinary Studies

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsSouthwest UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  3. 3.School of Education, Catherine of Siena CentreAustralian Catholic University (Ballarat Campus)BallaratAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of Education, Didactics of MathematicsUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  5. 5.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina

About the editors

Frederick Leung is Dean of Graduate School, and Chair Professor and Kintoy Professor in mathematics education at The University of Hong Kong. His major research interests are in the comparison of mathematics education in different countries, and in the influence of different cultures on teaching and learning. He is Editor for Springer’s 2nd and 3rd International Handbooks on Mathematics Education and a member of the Executive Committee of ICMI between 2003 and 2009.  

Gloria Stillman is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Australian Catholic University (Ballarat). She is a highly experienced Lecturer in primary, early childhood and secondary mathematics education. She has authored many publications on the teaching, learning and assessing of mathematical modelling. She is immediate past President of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications and a former Vice President (Research) of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. She is a member of the editorial boards of ZDM Mathematics Education and Mathematical Thinking and Learning

Gabriele Kaiser is Full Professor of mathematics education at Faculty of Education, University of Hamburg. Her research includes modelling and applications in school. She is Editor-in-Chief of ZDM Mathematics Education. She was convenor of the 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education (ICME-13) in 2016 at the University of Hamburg with 3,500 participants. She is Current President of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA). 

Ka Lok Wong is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong, involved in mathematics teacher education from undergraduate to master’s level. He plays a leading role in various professional development programmes funded by the government. He engages himself in a range of educational communities, including the presidency of Hong Kong Association for Mathematics Education. He was a member of the PISA research study in Hong Kong from 2006 to 2015.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mathematical Modelling Education in East and West
  • Editors Frederick Koon Shing Leung
    Gloria Ann Stillman
    Gabriele Kaiser
    Ka Lok Wong
  • Series Title International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.Perspectives on Teaching,Learning of Math.Modelling
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-66995-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-66998-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-66996-6
  • Series ISSN 2211-4920
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-4939
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 666
  • Number of Illustrations 81 b/w illustrations, 64 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    International and Comparative Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
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