Throw Away the Script: Examining the Introduction of a Guided Mathematical Inquiry Unit

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Fielding, Jill, Adeniji, Saidat and Baker, Penelope. 2023. "Throw Away the Script: Examining the Introduction of a Guided Mathematical Inquiry Unit." 45th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA45). Newcastle, Australia 02 - 06 Jul 2023 Australia.
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Throw Away the Script: Examining the Introduction of a Guided Mathematical Inquiry Unit

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AuthorsFielding, Jill, Adeniji, Saidat and Baker, Penelope
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA45)
Journal Citationpp. 27-35
Number of Pages9
Year2023
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9781920846343
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://merga.net.au/Public/Annual-Conference/Programme.aspx
Conference/Event45th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA45)
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45th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA45)
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Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
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In person
Event Date
02 to end of 06 Jul 2023
Event Location
Newcastle, Australia
Event Venue
University of Newcastle
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MERGA Conference 2023

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Abstract

Explicit teaching, an instructional method promoted by Australian Education Departments over studentcentred methods, entails teacher-led instruction and sequenced breakdown of student tasks. Inquiry-Based Learning is often considered an opposing, student-centred approach, which explicit teaching proponents argue lacks guidance and support. In this paper, we examine one experienced teacher’s introduction of a Guided Mathematical Inquiry (GMI) unit to provide insight into key teacher practices and illustrate the approach in practice. The findings suggest that GMI establishes, guides and supports contextual and discipline knowledge in mathematics from the start of the lesson. Teacher considerations for implementation of GMI are provided.

KeywordsExplicit teaching; Guided Mathematical inquiry; Inquiry based learning; Mathematics learning
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
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