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Inquiry pedagogy to promote emerging proportional reasoning in primary students


Fielding-Wells, J and Dole, S and Makar, K, Inquiry pedagogy to promote emerging proportional reasoning in primary students, Mathematics Education Research Journal, 26, (1) pp. 47-77. ISSN 1033-2170 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s13394-013-0111-6


Proportional reasoning as the capacity to compare situations in relative (multiplicative) rather than absolute (additive) terms is an important outcome of primary school mathematics. Research suggests that students tend to see comparative situations in additive rather than multiplicative terms and this thinking can influence their capacity for proportional reasoning in later years. In this paper, excerpts from a classroom case study of a fourth-grade classroom (students aged 9) are presented as they address an inquiry problem that required proportional reasoning. As the inquiry unfolded, students' additive strategies were progressively seen to shift to proportional thinking to enable them to answer the question that guided their inquiry. In wrestling with the challenges they encountered, their emerging proportional reasoning was supported by the inquiry model used to provide a structure, a classroom culture of inquiry and argumentation, and the proportionality embedded in the problem context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:inquiry-based learning, proportional reasoning, primary students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fielding-Wells, J (Dr Jill Wells)
ID Code:88301
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-01-28
Last Modified:2016-11-02
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