A Tool for the Analysis and Characterization of School Mathematical Models
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Montejo-Gámez, J.; Fernández-Ahumada, E.; Adamuz-Povedano, N. A Tool for the Analysis and Characterization of School Mathematical Models. Mathematics 2021, 9, 1569. https:// doi.org/10.3390/math9131569
SponsorshipSpanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports - CAS18/00474 (José Castillejo program).
This paper shows a tool for the analysis of written productions that allows for the characterization of the mathematical models that students develop when solving modeling tasks. For this purpose, different conceptualizations of mathematical models in education are discussed, paying special attention to the evidence that characterizes a school model. The discussion leads to the consideration of three components, which constitute the main categories of the proposed tool: the real system to be modeled, its mathematization and the representations used to express both. These categories and the corresponding analysis procedure are explained and illustrated through two working examples, which expose the value of the tool in establishing the foci of analysis when investigating school models, and thus, suggest modeling skills. The connection of this tool with other approaches to educational research on mathematical modeling is also discussed.