Model Eliciting Environments as “Nurseries” for Modeling Probabilistic Situations

Miriam Amit, Irma Jan

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This study presents an extension of model-eliciting problems into modeleliciting environments which are designed to optimize the chances that significant modeling activities will occur. Our experiment, conducted in such an environment, resulted in the modeling of a probabilistic situation. Students in grades 6–9 participated in competitive games involving rolling dice. These tasks dealt with the concept of fairness, and the desire to win connected students naturally to familiar “real life” situations. During a “meta-argumentation” process, results were generalized, and a model was formed. In this case, it was a model describing a “fair game” created by the differential compensation of different events to “even the odds.” The strength of this model can be seen in its ability to first reject preexisting knowledge which is partial or incorrect, and second to verify the knowledge that survives the updating and refining process. Thus, a two-directional process is created – the knowledge development cycles lead to a model, and the model helps to retroactively examine the knowledge in previous stages of development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Publication series

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


  • Differential Compensation
  • Fair Game Model
  • Model-eliciting Activities (MEAs)
  • Textbook Topic Area
  • Unfair Situation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation


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