Providing or designing? Constructing models in primary maths education (IF. 0.756)

I.M.A.W. van Dijk, H.J.M. van Oers, J. Terwel

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The goal of this exploratory study was to uncover the construction processes which occur when pupils are taught to work with models in primary maths education. Two approaches were studied: 'providing models' versus 'designing models in co-construction'. A qualitative observational study involved two groups of pupils of a primary school in the Netherlands. A series of lessons involving problem-oriented tasks was given. For this article's purpose, we studied the learning processes of one pupil per condition in detail. Interpreting the results it is assumed that upper-grade pupils may be able to design models in co-construction as long as they receive sufficient teacher guidance. © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-72
Number of pages20
JournalLearning and Instruction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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