Assessing a modeling process of a linear pattern task

Miriam Amit, Dorit Neria

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This research investigated the process of generalizing a pictorial linear pattern problem, as done by fifty-three mathematically promising students participating in an after school math club. The students' work revealed a range of solution paths and representations, and a cycle of expressing-testing- revising. While the majority of them found the constant difference property of the pattern, they experienced difficulties in expressing the general rule. The majority of students applied recursive strategies, even when more global strategies were called for. Although the aforementioned task lacks a real-life context that is essential for modeling problems, the advantages of such problems in multi-cultural classes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModeling Students' Mathematical Modeling Competencies
Subtitle of host publicationICTMA 13
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781441905604
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Assessment
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Middle school
  • Perspective on modeling
  • Procedural understanding
  • Urban setting


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