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Inquiry-Based Education in Mathematics: Models, Methods, and Effectiveness for Higher Education

by Dana Ernst

Published July 8, 2014 in Education

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a paradigm for education that puts primary responsibility for sense-making on the learner. The instructor takes on the roles of coach, cheerleader, and mentor, and manages the learning environment through careful questioning and task setting. An IBL approach may manifest itself in a variety of ways depending on the context, but the common theme is that students are engaged in doing mathematics the way professionals do: conjecturing, experimenting, solving problems, and making arguments. The presenters shall share the philosophy behind this approach, a variety of classroom implementations of the ideas, and evidence for the effectiveness of IBL. Participants will engage in activities aimed at preparing for an IBL class in their setting, see some classroom video of IBL in action, and discuss the opportunities for and challenges of using IBL methods.

These slides were used as part of a two-day IBL workshop that was facilitated by Dana C. Ernst and Theron Hitchman as part of the Workshop on Innovations in Higher Education Mathematics Teaching that took place at Cardiff University on July 8-9, 2014.