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Fostering pre-service mathematics teachers’ capabilities in mathematical modelling

Vincent Geiger, Joanne Mulligan, Liz Date-Huxtable, Rehez Ahlip, D. Heath Jones, Esmond May, Leanne Rylands, Ian Wright

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In this article we describe and evaluate processes utilized to develop an online learning module on mathematical modelling for pre-service teachers. The module development process involved a range of professionals working within the STEM disciplines including mathematics and science educators, mathematicians, scientists, in-service and pre-service secondary mathematics teachers. Development of the module was underpinned by Bybee’s (2009) five E’s enquiry-based approach and Goos et al.’s (2014) 21st century numeracy model. Module evaluation data is examined in relation to the quality of pre-service teachers’ learning experiences and interview data from the module development team (MDT) is analysed through the lens of ‘boundary crossing’. While the evaluation of the module was generally positive, aspects that required improvement were also identified including more meaningful inclusion of pre-service teachers and other stakeholders in the development process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217–232
Number of pages16
JournalZDM Mathematics Education
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


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