# Building Awareness of Mathematical Modelling in Teacher Education: A Case Study in Indonesia

## Abstract

Interest to teach mathematics closely connected to its use in daily life has grown in Indonesia for over the last decade (Sembiring RK, Hadi S, Dolk M, ZDM – Int J Math Educ 40(6):927–939, 2008). This chapter reports an exploratory case study of the building of an awareness of mathematical modelling in teacher education in Indonesia. A modelling task, *Re-designing a Parking Lot* (Ang KC, Mathematical modelling in the secondary and junior college classroom. Prentice Hall, Singapore, 2009), was assigned to groups of pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. All groups collected data on a parking lot, identified limitations in the current design, and proposed a new design based on observations and analyses. The nature of the mathematical models elicited during the modelling task were examined. Implications of this study suggest a need to encourage pre-service teachers to state assumptions and real-world considerations and link them to the mathematical model in order to validate if the model is appropriate and useful.

## Keywords

Teacher Education Modelling Task Parking Space Secondary Mathematics Teacher Pertinent Variable## Notes

### Acknowledgements

The author thanks the pre-service teachers from Universitas Sanata Dharma, Indonesia for their support. Contribution of the National Institute of Education Singapore in supporting the author to present a related short paper with early findings at ICTMA 15 Conference in Melbourne is acknowledged.

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