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PRIMAS Module 3 – Learning Concepts through Inquiry

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This unit considers how the processes of Inquiry-based Learning can be integrated into content learning in the mathematics classroom. Traditionally, these subjects are taught separately, with content memorized and process skills learned through separate investigations. Integrating both poses challenges but offers rich learning opportunities. Processes covered include observing, classifying, making representations, finding connections, estimating, measuring, evaluating, experimenting, and controlling variables.

Module 3 includes a session guide and handout for teachers as well as two video sequences showing teachers implementing learning concepts such as making representations in their mathematics lessons.

Video Activity D
Video Activity H

About Primas
The Primas Project ran from 2010-2013 and was funded under the EU´s 7th Framework Programme for Research. An important part of the work of PRIMAS has been to provide teachers with professional development programmes that can support them in integrating and applying inquiry-based learning approaches in their mathematics and science classrooms.

A total of 7 modules have been developed. These modules deal with some of the pedagogical challenges that arise when introducing IBL activities to the classroom. The intention is that, as part of the Professional Development (PD) process, teachers will plan inquiry-based lessons to use with their own class and, at a later meeting, report back on their experiences.

Click here for other modules in this project.

Copyright: Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham (responsible for content: ICSE, Director: Prof. Dr. Katja Maass)
Image source: Own illustration (ICSE)
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Teacher Professional Development
Guiding Themes
Inquiry-based learning, Reallife Problems
Guiding ideas /
Content-related competences
Number - Variable - Operation, Measuring, Data and probability
Primas Project: Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham