Using mathematics to solve real world problems: the role of enablers (ARC Discovery Project administered by The Australian Catholic University) (2017–2019)
The purpose of this project is to identify, apply and refine teaching approaches that help secondary students learn
how to use mathematics to solve real world problems; the processes of mathematical modelling. The study will
investigate the factors, mathematical, cognitive, social and environmental, that "enable" Year 10/11 students to
successfully begin the modelling process, that is, develop mathematical representations of a real world problem.
This research will generate new theoretical and practical insights into the role of these enablers in promoting
successful modelling, the design of tasks that support students' development as modellers, and effective teaching
approaches that promote student capability and interest in mathematics.