Modelling, education, and the epistemic fallacy

Galbraith, Peter (2015). Modelling, education, and the epistemic fallacy. In Gloria Ann Stillman, Werner Blum and Maria Salett Biembengut (Ed.), Mathematical modelling in education research and practice: cultural, social and cognitive influences (pp. 339-349) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18272-8


Author Galbraith, Peter
Title of chapter Modelling, education, and the epistemic fallacy
Title of book Mathematical modelling in education research and practice: cultural, social and cognitive influences
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-18272-8
Series International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling
ISBN 9783319182711
9783319182728
ISSN 2211-4920
2211-4939
Editor Gloria Ann Stillman
Werner Blum
Maria Salett Biembengut
Chapter number 28
Start page 339
End page 349
Total pages 11
Total chapters 50
Language eng
Abstract/Summary National curriculum statements continue to espouse the ability to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace as a major goal of mathematics education. But support for such high sounding rhetoric is typically weakened (or absent) when the specifics of curricula are elaborated. The epistemic fallacy relates to the conflating of ontology and epistemology – confusing the nature of an underlying reality with knowledge of it. Here the underlying reality concerns mathematical modelling as real world problem solving. It is argued that manifestations of the fallacy occur in critiques of modelling theory, in debates about the authenticity of models and approaches, and in considering whether issues concerning practice are most fundamentally a curriculum or a pedagogical matter.
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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