This site is for teachers and researchers interested in making mathematics meaningful to learners of mathematics. Mathsinquiry.com provides you with access to resources for teaching and learning mathematics through guided inquiry. Research and practice has shown how guided inquiry can make mathematics accessible and engaging for students. Click on the Research page to find recent and relevant research developed at the University of Queensland (UQ) supporting the guided inquiry approach for teaching mathematics. Teaching resources are also available and have been successfully trialled in a range of Queensland classrooms. There is an opportunity to become a member of our community to gain further access to a wider range of teacher resources - all created by the enthusiastic group of classroom teachers and researchers who work side-by-side at UQ.
This website aims to share ideas, resources, tips and personal experiences about inquiry pedagogy for teaching mathematics in the classroom. We invite all teachers and learners who are researchers and are interested in this approach, to build and become part of this inquiry culture. This website was designed by a small group of interested teachers and learners who have been researching inquiry for almost thirty years (combined) and have compiled a wide range of resources which we felt others might be interested in knowing about.
Associate Professor Katie Makar
(From UQ website)
Associate Professor Katie Makar is an associate professor in mathematics education at the University of Queensland. Her research looks at teaching of mathematics through inquiry. She is also known internationally for her work on statistical reasoning and informal statistical inference at the primary school level. She has done consulting work on teaching with inquiry, reasoning in chance and data, teacher professional standards and middle years curriculum. Her teaching includes courses in mathematics education, interdisciplinary curriculum, teacher professionalism, and statistics. Previously, she taught secondary mathematics for fifteen years in the US and Asia before finishing her PhD in 2004.
Dr Jill Fielding-Wells
(From UQ website)
Dr Jill Fielding-Wells is a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland and formerly a lecturer in Mathematics Education within the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. Previously a classroom teacher, she completed her PhD in Argument-Based Inquiry in Mathematics prior to transitioning to the higher education sector. Jill currently teaches mathematics content and pedagogy at the primary level in initial teacher education courses. Her research interests include argumentation practices, student's use of evidence and reasoning, student communication and representation, and inquiry based learning. She is also keenly interested in student engagement in mathematics.