Taking the Inquiry out of Maths

May 7, 2019 0 By JR

Stephen Downes commented on a couple of articles about instructivist math instruction vs. inquiry based approaches. It was the final comment that caught me a bit by surprise

If you just want to do math, then the instructivist approach will work fine. But if you want to be a mathematician, then you need the inquiry method.Stephen Downes

Generally, whenever I hear about math instruction the arguments or reasoning for taking a specific approach is not as clear as what I think Stephen captured in just two sentences.