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TitleExploring patterns using inquiry-based lessons
Author(s)Silva, Joana
Mamede, Ema
Editor(s)Maj-Tatsis, Bozena
Pytlak, Marta
Swoboda, Ewa
Mathematics education
Issue date2016
PublisherWydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego
CitationSilva, J. & Mamede, E. (2016). Exploring patterns using inquiry-based lessons. In Bozena Maj-Tatsis, Marta Pytlak & Ewa Swoboda (Eds.), Inquiry based mathematical education, pp. 183-191. Rzeszów: WUR
Abstract(s)This study focuses on the exploration of patterns by 6th-graders in their mathematics class. It addresses two questions: 1) How do students embrace tasks involving patterns? 2) What difficulties do they face when solving these tasks? An intervention of three inquiry-based mathematics lessons comprising 3 tasks of patterns (3 to continue a sequence and 2 to investigate the sequence) was carried out. Qualitative methods were used to analyse students’ solving the tasks. Results show that students succeeded in the majority of the tasks. The inquiry-based lessons gave them an opportunity to solve problems and stimulate mathematical reasoning and students’ oral mathematics communication, creating a challenging environment in the classroom.
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