Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics

An inquiry approach gives teachers an opportunity to explore mathematical ideas with children while developing computational skills and conceptual understanding. Inquiry is also a way of honouring students’ thinking and questions. It builds on their cultural knowledge and interests, and develops their identities as doers of mathematics. In this way, inquiry is a form of equity. In addition to seeing mathematics as a sequence of skills, students also begin to recognize it as a tool with which to understand the world.