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Pages: 7532-7535
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-3777-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.0349

Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain

REVEALING PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S MATHEMATICAL MODELING POTENTIAL: HAIRDRESSER SALON PROBLEM

N. Şahin, A. Eraslan

Ondokuzmayıs University (TURKEY)
In recent years, children are confronted with a World, in which there is complex, dynamic and powerful information systems around them in the line with knowledge-based environment. In order to interpret complex systems and use them, individuals must have the ability to analyze, coordinate and organize together with mathematical skills such as creating concepts, using different representations, delivering results, guessing, descripting, validating and working with groups. To be able to cope with such complex systems, it is important for mathematics education that children have experience with situations in which they gradually engage the real problem with complex systems and interdisciplinary complex systems at starting from the primary school. In doing this, mathematical modeling consisting of cycles of model eliciting and relating model with real-life is one of the available approaches. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to reveal the models of fourth-grade primary-school children, who have no prior experience with modeling problems in their classroom.

This research was conducted during the 2016-2017 academic year, in a university-foundation primary school in a large city along the Black Sea Region of Turkey. Participants were a total of 20 children in one of the 4th grades. The children in groups of four were assigned a modeling activity, the Hairdresser Salon Problem, to work on for two class-hours as a group. Modeling processes of each group and presentations at the end were video and audio-taped. The mathematical thoughts, developed models, written responses of the primary-school children were qualitatively analyzed in the light of the modeling cycle developed by Blum and Ferri. The preliminary results showed that children were able to interpret qualitative data, take into account of different parameters (cost, waiting time, distance, customer happiness, etc.) together and make mathematical calculations in the modeling process. At the end, they presented and explained their models if they were appropriate.
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title = {REVEALING PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S MATHEMATICAL MODELING POTENTIAL: HAIRDRESSER SALON PROBLEM},
series = {9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
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N. Şahin, A. Eraslan (2017) REVEALING PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S MATHEMATICAL MODELING POTENTIAL: HAIRDRESSER SALON PROBLEM, EDULEARN17 Proceedings, pp. 7532-7535.
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