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
EditorsRichard Lesh, Peter L. Galbraith, Christopher R. Haines, Andrew Hurford
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Publication series

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


  • Math Club
  • Model-eliciting Activities
  • Pattern Problems
  • Solution Path
  • Task Patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Modeling and Simulation


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