Introduction to Part I Modeling: What Is It? Why Do It?

  • Richard Lesh
  • Thomas Fennewald
Part of the International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling book series (IPTL)


At ICTMA-13, where the chapters in this book were first presented, a variety of views were expressed about an appropriate definition of the term model – and about appropriate ways to think about the nature of modeling activities. So, it is not surprising that some participants would consider this lack of consensus to be a priority problem that should be solved by a research community that claims to be investigating models and modeling.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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