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Journal of Educational Research in MathematicsVol. 31, No. 1, pp.35-62
Abbreviation: JERM
ISSN: 2288-7733 (Print) 2288-8357 (Online)
Print publication date 28 Feb 2021
Received 09 Jan 2021 Revised 01 Feb 2021 Accepted 04 Feb 2021

Promoting In-service Teacher’s Mathematical Modeling Teaching Competencies by Implementing and Modifying Mathematical Modeling Tasks
Jung, Hye-Yun* ; Lee, Kyeong-Hwa**,
*Associate Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, South Korea (
**Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea (

Correspondence to : Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea,


The purpose of this study is to investigate how teachers demonstrate ‘mathematical modeling teaching competencies’ (MMTCs) by implementing and modifying mathematical modeling tasks, as well as to suggest how teacher education should support teachers for teaching mathematical modeling. A teacher with three years of teaching experience participated in this study. Data sources include transcripts, student worksheets, interviews and the researcher’s field notes. The findings indicate that the participant edited tasks to improve the realism and complexity of mathematical modeling tasks. The edits included simplifying and specifying; the participant also decomposed tasks into multiple subtasks. Through iterative implementations and modifications, the participant improved his MMTCs in four dimensions -- diagnostic, theoretical, task, and instructional dimensions were promoted in relays and cyclically. The implementation and modification of the task contributed to connecting theoretical knowledge and practical competencies to mathematical modeling. The study recommends the following areas of need in order to develop teachers’ MMTCs: combining theoretical and practical experiences, improving teachers’ diagnostic competencies, and creating teacher-researcher communities.

Keywords: mathematical modeling teaching competency, teacher education, task implementation, task modification

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