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Using mathematical inquiry to engage student learning within the overall curriculum


Fielding-Wells, J and Makar, K, Using mathematical inquiry to engage student learning within the overall curriculum, Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Mathematical Education, 6 - 13 July 2008, Mexico, pp. 1-17. (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Mathematics is often perceived as a stand-alone subject in the school curriculum. When used as a tool to examine cross-curricular content, mathematics can enable deeper understanding of the context under investigation (Makar & Confrey, 2007). A study was designed to investigate opportunities and challenges that emerged when students addressed authentic interdisciplinary problems using an inquiry-based approach. This paper aims to identify aspects of studentsí engagement across two cohorts of a year 5 (age 9-10) classroom in Australia. Using a framework developed by Kong, Wong & Lam (2003), the paper discusses studentsí affective, behavioural, and cognitive engagement with mathematics during four integrated curriculum units over the course of a year. Results suggest that in both cohorts, students initially struggled with the shift from teacher-directed to student-driven learning within an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary environment. By the end of each year, however, the students had developed observable improvement in their ability to engage on multiple dimensions within the framework with ill-structured mathematical problems encountered across content areas. Implications for mathematics education research are addressed.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:mathematics education, inquiry-based learning, engagement
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:88310
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-01-28
Last Modified:2014-08-14
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