Art and Geometry of Plants: Experience in Mathematical Modelling through Projects
Fabio Nelson Zapata-Grajales 1 * , Natalia Andrea Cano-Velásquez 2, Jhony Alexander Villa-Ochoa 3
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1 Institución Educativa El Pedregal, COLOMBIA2 Institución Educativa Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, COLOMBIA3 Universidad de Antioquia, COLOMBIA* Corresponding Author

This article belongs to the special issue "Literature and the Arts in Mathematical Education".


This article presents some results of a qualitative-case study carried out with students in last year of secondary education (15 - 17 years) into an official educational institution. The research looked at learning outcomes through the development of mathematical modelling projects related to studying the distribution of the leaves and the growth of some plants. According to the results, when modelling projects grounded in studying the form and geometric magnitudes are carried out, students are able to find out the meaning of certain mathematical concepts and participate in activities to reach other processes such as exploration, representation, formal construction, and validation of mathematical results. Some implications for teaching and learning in classroom derive from this study, particularly, the need for students to face the project development articulating research and mathematical modelling.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 14, Issue 2, February 2018, 585-603

Publication date: 19 Nov 2017

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