Connecting Mathematics and Science in Primary School STEM Education: Modeling the Population Growth of Species. Mathematics

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Abstract

In this research, we explored the potential of using a research-based teaching and learning sequence to promote pupils’ engagement in practices that are coherent with those of real world mathematical and scientific activity. This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematis) sequence was designed and implemented by pre-service teachers and science and mathematics ed-
ucation researchers with the aim of modeling the growth of a real population of rabbits. Results show explicit evidence of pupils’ engagement in relevant mathematical and scientific practices, as well as detailed descriptions of mathematical connections that emerged from those practices. We
discuss how these practices and connections allowed the progressive construction of models, and the implications that this proposal may have for STEM task design and for the analysis of extra-mathematical connections.
Translated title of the contributionConectando las matmeáticas y las ciencias en educación en STEM en Primaria. Modelizando el crecimiento de las poblaciones
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalMathematics
Volume9
Issue number2496
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2021

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