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An introduction to mathematical modelling – An experiment with students in economics 

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Published in  Marianna Bosch et al. Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain  17  21 February 2005  Sant Feliu de Guíxols: FUNDEMI IQS – Universitat Ramon Llull. 2006, p. 16341644  
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CERME Proceedings; 4 

Abstract  The research presented here takes place in the first year of French university with students graduating in economics and management. Our investigations show that these students do not greatly dislike mathematics, even if they often admit that they have difficulties. Moreover, they generally do not have any opinion about the utility of mathematics for economics. We have experimented with a teaching device, designed to change students’ relation to mathematics and show them how to use mathematics in order to solve a problem in which mathematics does not appear at first. This situation is used as a paradigm for mathematical modelling. After a presentation of the context, we will present this sequence with a brief analysis. Finally, we will present a didactical analysis using Brousseau’s schema (completed by Margolinas) of the vertical structure of the ‘milieu’.  
Keywords  Mathematics education reserach — Modelling — Mathematics applied to economics — Proportionality — Algebra — Milieu  
Identifiers  ISBN: 9788461132829  
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Citation (ISO format)  DORIER, JeanLuc. An introduction to mathematical modelling – An experiment with students in economics. In: Marianna Bosch et al. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain. Sant Feliu de Guíxols : FUNDEMI IQS – Universitat Ramon Llull, 2006. p. 16341644. (CERME Proceedings; 4) https://archiveouverte.unige.ch/unige:16868 