Students Overcoming Blockages While Building a Mathematical Model: Exploring a Framework

  • Sanne Schaap
  • Pauline Vos
  • Martin Goedhart
Conference paper
Part of the International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling book series (IPTL, volume 1)


In the Netherlands, modelling is a compulsory topic for all pre-university science-stream students. Nevertheless, these students have difficulties in building a mathematical model. Our research aims at identifying the occurrence and removal of blockages when students create mathematical models. By means of a pilot study, we looked for an appropriate framework to identify students’ obstacles and opportunities during this process. The results show that the initially chosen framework, which describes modelling as a cyclic process, needs addition from frameworks referring to problem solving, metacognition and beliefs.


Problem Situation Modelling Cycle Situation Model Mathematisation Process Modelling Competency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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