It’s part of my life and the modelling process

  • Linda Galligan
  • Taryn AxelsenEmail author
  • Toni Pennicott
  • Ron Addie
  • Peter Galbraith
  • Geoff Woolcott


Mathematical modelling is increasingly becoming an integral component of mathematical curricular in primary and secondary schools throughout the world. However, in Australia modelling skills are currently rarely found in university teacher preparation courses. Limited experience with modelling processes, as well as a lack of confidence and personal efficacy in the field of mathematics, limits the ability for prospective teachers of mathematics to develop into effective high school educators and thus concomitantly adversely affects student learning outcomes. To address the problems related to the lack of experience that prospective teachers have with mathematical modelling and the associated lack of confidence and personal efficacy that can result, this paper presents a case study of a strategy—the enhancement, learning, reflection (ELR) process—designed to improve prospective teachers’ confidence and personal efficacy in teaching mathematics, with a focus on the modelling process as a teaching strategy.


Mathematics education Mathematics modelling Prospective teacher education Prospective teacher confidence Prospective teacher personal efficacy 



This research was partially supported by the USQ Mathematics Enrichment program and was also supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education OLT (Office for Learning and Teaching) Award, Grant No. OLT: MS13-1367.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health, Engineering and SciencesUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, Toowoomba CampusUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  3. 3.School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences, Springfield CampusUniversity of Southern QueenslandSpringfield CentralAustralia
  4. 4.Springfield Central State High SchoolSpringfield CentralAustralia
  5. 5.School of EducationThe University of Queensland, St Lucia CampusSt LuciaAustralia
  6. 6.School of Education, Lismore CampusSouthern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

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