Mathematics & Science Inquiry

Project Overview

This project is a longitudinal study which has three underlying goals: (1) to discern the interactions between the thinking and learning of inquiry mathematics and science by observing and comparing the mathematics methods and the science content courses; (2) to follow the elementary preservice teachers’ understanding of inquiry in mathematics and science through their course work; and (3) to assess whether the preservice teachers incorporate inquiry during mathematics and science lessons while teaching and determine the factors that influence that choice. A subset of the preservice teachers in the study will be followed through their student teaching and into their first year on the job. The study will be extended with a second cohort of preservice elementary teachers using the information learned from the first cycle to inform research decisions and to explore the ways in which the mathematics methods and science content courses can support each other in the preparation of the future teachers.

Research Team