Modelling Task Design: Science Teachers’ View

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A seminar was organised to promote interdisciplinary work between teachers from different departments at a university in order to design pedagogical situations to teach mathematical modelling in the first years of higher education. This chapter presents the views of teachers from different disciplines related to skills needed to work with models in physics, biology and mathematics. The participants discussed how models are present in their courses. They also highlight the students’ skills that are relevant to success in working with models in sciences. The main findings were that interpreting graphs and structuring a model with information from other models are considered relevant competences by the sample of science teachers. The discussion on designing teaching activities also revealed the university teachers’ conceptions regarding mathematical modelling and models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

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


  • Interdisciplinary
  • Mathematics and science teachers
  • Modelling
  • Models


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