Problem posing: a possible pathway to mathematical modelling

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


Problem posing is an important component of learning mathematics as is problem solving, and it is an essential part of mathematical modelling. This chapter reports two small studies conducted in a Year 1–2 class and a Year 3–4 class, respectively. The purpose of each study was to examine the extent to which the use of real world artefacts provide a stimulus for young students to pose problems that can be investigated using mathematical modelling. The students in both studies had no prior experience in problem posing. However, they generated a range of problems linked to the real world albeit some in a superficial sense, whereas others gave genuine rise to mathematical modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Mathematical Modelling
Subtitle of host publicationConnecting to Research and Practice
EditorsGloria Ann Stillman, Gabriele Kaiser, Werner Blum, Jill P Brown
Place of PublicationDordrecht Netherlands
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789400765405
ISBN (Print)9789400765399
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling
ISSN (Print)2211-4920
ISSN (Electronic)2211-4939


  • Literal Interpretation
  • Real World
  • Real World Situation
  • Word Problem
  • Young Student

Cite this