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ERIC Number: EJ898702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Why Are Mathematical Investigations Important?
Quinnell, Lorna
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v66 n3 p35-40 2010
"Research studies show that when students discover mathematical ideas and invent mathematical procedures, they have a stronger conceptual understanding of connections between mathematical ideas." Flewelling and Higginson state that inquiry, investigations, and problem solving "give students the opportunity to use their imagination and to get into the habit of doing so. In contrast, traditional text-based tasks provide the student with little or no such opportunity." Much research points to the need for mathematical inquiry, investigation and problem solving in mathematics lessons. Thus, "Investigations are central to the reforms advocated internationally to improve mathematical learning and develop children's mathematical power." This article discusses the investigative approach to mathematics, examples of mathematical investigations, the proposed national Australian mathematics curriculum, and the benefits of using investigations in mathematics classrooms. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia