Honors Projects


This research study addressed the inquiry problem solving technique and its effects on students’ ability to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. The participants included six classes of secondary mathematics students. In order to answer the question “How do inquiry-based problems worked on outside of class time affect the students’ ability to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others?” the research method involved noting how often different types of responses were used in class discussion, administering and evaluating an inquiry based assignment, observing students’ presentations and explanations of reasoning to the class, and interviewing students to compare their perspectives with observations made during class time. Findings suggest that students who employ the written and verbal explanations of their reasoning hold a better understanding of the mathematics at hand. However, many building blocks must be provided so students are able to successfully implement these practices.


Integrated Mathematics Education

First Advisor

Dr. Gabriel Matney

First Advisor Department

School of Teaching and Learning

Second Advisor

Sandra Zirkes

Second Advisor Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Appendix A - Palette Problems.docx (36 kB)
Appendix A - Palette Problems

Appendix B - Genius Challenge.docx (31 kB)
Appendix B - Genius Challenge

Appendix C - Scoring Rubrics.docx (25 kB)
Appendix C - Scoring Rubrics

Appendix D - Interview Questions.docx (17 kB)
Appendix D - Interview Questions