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Research and articles

This page is aimed at postgraduate students and trainee teachers who are interested in carrying out research into the Inquiry Maths model and mathematical inquiry more broadly. Research questions could involve: 
    • types of reasoning (exploring, conjecturing, reasoning and proving);
    • establishing a culture of inquiry;
    • the negotiated regulation of inquiry;
    • student questioning and noticing;
    • mathematical discussion;
    • conceptual learning;
    • the development of inquiry pathways; and
    • incidences of student initiative and independence.
Literature review
A reading list about inquiry learning in maths classrooms.
Inquiry Maths: an idea whose time has come (2014) Andrew Blair looks at the nature of inquiry in the work of Dewey, Bruner and a recent EU-funded project. It shows how inquiry is compatible with the inductive and deductive nature of mathematics.
Inquiry Teaching (2008) Andrew Blair discusses the theory behind the Inquiry Maths model. The article argues that only inquiry lessons can harmonise the conceptual content of lessons with the method of learning.
Inquiry in Mathematics Education A booklet published by the Fibonacci Project (2010-2013) - an EU-funded project to disseminate inquiry-based mathematics education within the European Union.
Getting Started with Student Inquiry (2011) A good summary of the roles of student and educator in the inquiry classroom.
When the Problem is Not the Question and the Solution is not the Answer: Mathematical Knowing and Teaching (1990) Magdalene Lampert's seminal paper on changing the culture of a classroom to promote students' conjectures and the analysis of mathematical structure.
Trainee teachers' reflections on using Inquiry Maths
London Metropolitan University 
Trainee teachers at London Metropolitan University have been using Inquiry Maths in their practice since 2016. Some have created their own prompts, while others have devised new concepts with which to plan and analyse inquiry lessons. Below are links to a selection of the trainee's projects:
University of Brighton
Inquiry Maths reviewed Trainee teachers on a course at the University of Brighton (UK) review an article about Inquiry Maths.
Inquiry Maths workshops
There have been Inquiry Maths workshops at the following universities:
London Metropolitan University (UK)
Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
St. Mary's University (UK)
University of Birmingham (UK)
University of Brighton (UK)
University of Cambridge (UK)
University of Maryland (US)*
University of Sussex (UK)
* Part of a workshop on approaches to learning mathematics