Modeling as a Decision-Making Process

Using simplification, relationship mapping, and situation analysis as a framework, we offer vignettes of student discussions about the Theme Park task to highlight their key choices as they model with mathematics.

Contributor Notes

Sarah K. Bleiler-Baxter,, is an assistant professor of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She is interested in students' development of proofrelated reasoning and in the dynamics of collaboration between mathematicians and mathematics teacher educators.

D. Christopher Stephens,, is an associate professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at MTSU. Along with his research in pure mathematics, he is interested in how community understandings of the nature of mathematics align with community expectations for how mathematics is taught.

Wesley A. Baxter,, is a graduate student in the mathematics department at MTSU and is a mathematics instructor at Nashville State Community College. He aims to understand more about teachers' interpretations of CCSSM as well as the obstacles teachers face as they attempt to implement these standards and practices.

Angela T. Barlow,, is the dean of the graduate school and Direcor of Sponsored Programs at the University of Central Arkansas. Her research interests focus on supporting the instructional change process in elementary school mathematics classrooms.

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