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Action research paper: Technology-Supported Inquiry-Based Learning: Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Secondary Mathematics

 
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Action research paper: Technology-Supported Inquiry-Based Learning: Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Secondary Mathematics
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In the spirit of sharing, here's a great paper on an action research project that used Moodle, titled, "Technology-Supported Inquiry-Based Learning: Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Secondary Mathematics" -Arlene Prestie and Cindy Smith In consultation with Michelle Morley and Kathy Nolan (published 2010):

Abstract

This research project is a qualitative approach into incorporating inquiry-based learning activities in mathematics instruction. There is evidence in the literature that hands-on, collaborative learning leads to greater success than traditional lecture, drill, and practice math instruction. Furthermore, the renewed Saskatchewan mathematics curricula endorse teaching math through an inquiry-based approach. Despite evidence of the benefits of experiential learning opportunities in math, developing an instructional repertoire of hands-on learning activities that support curriculum and adapting to teaching in such an environment is daunting. In this research, two teachers document their experiences as they change their practice from direct instruction to inquiry-based teaching. The research project is a self-reflection as the teachers explore their beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics, the challenges of changing practice, and the response of students to hands-on, problem-based learning opportunities. The authors record personal experiences along with student responses and outcomes, providing readers with a detailed, personal look at the process of changing classroom practice. 

Paper: http://www.mcdowellfoundation.ca/main_mcdowell/projects/research_rep/191-technology_supported_inquiry.pdf

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