This study proposes a theoretical view for bridging mathematical modeling and word problem-solving activities. We introduce and elaborate on two theoretical ideas of the fictionality of word problems and the creation of possible fictional worlds. A world described by a word problem exists only fictionally (or potentially). A fictional world includes any imaginable world, any model for the real world, and any mathematical model. We developed a semi-open problem based on these theoretical ideas and observed Japanese eighth-grade students’ activity when solving it in an experimental lesson. Consequently, we identified a theoretically overlooked type of validation: considering the cultural relevance of solutions. The most important implication we draw from our observation is that the current definition of validation as a comparison between two stages in modeling should be extended to consider the integration of a target into a base possible fictional world.
- Creation of possible fictional worlds
- Fictionality of word problems
- Mathematical modeling
- Mathematical word problem-solving
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Applied Mathematics