Research is described concerning the effectiveness of inquiry-based laboratory environments created in US mathematics/science education programme courses. Laboratory projects were conducted using a framework that allowed pre-service teachers to explore, analyse, and communicate 'investigable' realms of physical phenomena. Goals were for pre-service teachers to experience the value of learning in an inquiry-enhanced environment and to engage in contextualized mathematics so they would utilize this instruction in their future classrooms. It is proposed that inquiry-based laboratories are needed within the mathematics classroom in order to allow students the opportunity to contextualize, to connect to other disciplines, and to experience mathematical concepts. Pre-service teachers were expected to pursue conjectures, collect data, think critically, and communicate findings. This qualitative research shows how the use of inquiry can complement the learning of mathematical content and educational strategies for pre-service teachers. Results provide detailed information for teacher educators regarding instructional design of contextualized mathematical inquiry.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology|
|State||Published - Oct 15 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mathematics (miscellaneous)
- Applied Mathematics