Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Language

eng

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

University of Illinois at Chicago

Source Publication

Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

Source ISSN

978-0-615-86464-8

Abstract

This paper describes opportunities and challenges teaching assistants (TAs) experience when they provide feedback on mathematical modeling problems. Eight TAs were interviewed regarding issues they experience while working for engineering courses in which about 2000 undergraduates create mathematical models to solve realistic problems and communicate their solutions. The opportunities and challenges are associated with the following factors: the process of providing feedback; TAs’ perspectives of modeling problems; and professional training to learn how to provide effective feedback on students’ solutions to mathematical modeling problems. The specific factors that influence TA’s abilities to provide formative feedback are discussed and the use of a reflective practice that enables students to understand what abilities they gain through mathematical modeling activities is suggested.

Comments

Published version. Published as part of Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2013: 288-291. Permalink. © The Authors 2013. Used with permission.

Hyunyi Jung was affiliated with Purdue University at the time of publication.

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