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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Articles

Elaborating a model of learning to teach mathematical inquiry

Katie Makar
Dr Katie Makar is a lecturer in mathematics education and the middle years of schooling at the University of Queensland. Email: k.makar@uq.edu.au Webpage: http://www.uq.edu.au/uqresearchers/researcher/makarkm.html
To help students manage a complex and uncertain world, maths teachers must develop experience in the use of inquiry-based learning. Evidence indicates, however, that teachers’ initial experiences in using this approach are often very challenging and frustrating, as it demands not only a strong grasp of content knowledge but also a willingness to change traditional mindsets about the discipline. A new study involving the University of Queensland and two primary schools aims to provide a realistic vision of how expert teachers can engage students in this form of learning.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Subject Headings

Professional development
Project based learning
Primary education
Mathematics teaching