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Model Analysis with Digital Technology: A “Hybrid Approach”

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Mathematical Modelling in Education Research and Practice

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The advent of informatics and its fast development has allowed for new ways of doing, thinking about, and applying mathematics. This chapter will address one role of the software, Modellus, in the development of a teaching approach based on Model Analysis, that proposes the analysis of a mathematical model for a phenomenon to discuss old and new mathematical concepts with students. The software gave access to graphical and numerical representations of model solutions, which allowed students to analyse the model, even though it involved mathematical concepts still advanced for them. Based on the notion of reorganization, the shift in the way of dealing with mathematical models in classrooms suggests that Model Analysis can be understood as a reorganization of modelling and applications.

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    For more details about the teaching approach, refer to Borba and Soares (2011) and Soares (2012).

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    For more details about the model, refer to Basañez and Rodríguez (2004), Borba and Soares (2011) or Soares (2012).

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    Website: <http://www.modellus.fct.unl.pt/ >. Accessed on 15 June 2013.

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    Website: <http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html>. Accessed on 7 Sep 2013.

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da Silva Soares, D. (2015). Model Analysis with Digital Technology: A “Hybrid Approach”. In: Stillman, G., Blum, W., Salett Biembengut, M. (eds) Mathematical Modelling in Education Research and Practice. International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18272-8_38

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