Communication: The Essential Difference Between Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving

  • Tomas Højgaard


In this chapter, I discuss the formulation of tasks used as a communicative tool for developing someone’s mathematical modeling competency and mathematical problem solving competency. These two competencies are characterized and their different crux is highlighted. This is exemplified by the formulation of different kind of tasks, and two hypotheses are offered for further debate and investigation concerning the kind of tasks that dominate in mathematics education and why.

Key Words

Assessment Calculator Competency/competencies ICTMA Interpretation/Interpreting KOM flower Mathematical modeling Mathematization Competency/competencies Problem solving Difference between mathematical modeling and Problem solving competency Scaffold 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Danish School of Education, Århus UniversityÅrhusDenmark

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