The link between the cognitive structure and modelling to improve mathematics education

Laura van de Weerd, Neeltje Cornelia Verhoef

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Abstract

This study focuses on the aspects in the cognitive structure that should be trained to develop Dutch students modelling without actual modelling lessons. The research used 16 fifth-grade beta coursed students, to study the development of the cognitive structure and its relation to modelling. The methodology is based on the Conceptual Content Cognitive Map Method of Kearney and Kaplan (1997), while Tall’s (2013) theory is the theoretical framework. Data are collected by a cognitive test and a modelling test. The results show that students with a rich cognitive structure develop compression. So, teachers should focus on the connections between mathematical concepts as a solution for this problem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, CERME 9
Place of PublicationPrague
Pages-
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2015
Event9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, CERME 2015 - Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 4 Feb 20158 Feb 2015
Conference number: 9
https://cerme9.webnode.cz/

Conference

Conference9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, CERME 2015
Abbreviated titleCERME
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period4/02/158/02/15
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Keywords

  • METIS-307186
  • IR-93215

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    van de Weerd, L., & Verhoef, N. C. (2015). The link between the cognitive structure and modelling to improve mathematics education. In 9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, CERME 9 (pp. -). Prague.