#146 Research in Action 12: Inquiry as a way of being with Barbara Jaworski

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is an episode from season 2 of the Research in Action mini series, where I interview a researcher from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University about their chosen area of interest, and the implications for maths teaching and learning. You can check out all the previous conversations in the series here.

On today’s episode I was lucky enough to speak to Barbara Jaworski.

Barbara has had a glittering career as a maths education academic. She is an expert on constructivism and communities of inquiry and has researched secondary school and university maths. She has been a maths teacher, worked at the Open University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Oxford, and the University of Agder, Norway. She has held some prestigious positions in maths education research and won lots of awards

The main focus of our conversation was on inquiry – not just in the Andrew Blair sense of the term, but more generally (to use a phrase of Barbara’s that I love), inquiry as a sense of being. Now, just as a word of warning, it takes us a little while to delve into the nitty gritty and practical takeaways from Barbara’s research because there are so many aspects of her illustrious career that I wanted to delve into, but stick with it because gold is waiting around the corner.

If you need to, you can download an mp3 version of the podcast here (but most podcast providers give you the option to download for offline listening)

Research mentioned:

Jaworski, B. (1998) ‘Mathematics Teacher Research: Process Practice and the Development of Teaching’, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Vol. 1 number 1 pp 3-31

Book focusing on maths and the world around us (bees with backpacks etc.)

Prescott, A., Coupland, M., Angelini, M., & Schuck, S. (2020). Making School Maths Engaging: The Maths Inside Project. Springer.

Barbara Jaworski’s Big 3
1. fyimaths.org.au/
2. uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/maths-inside
3. platinum.uia.no/

My usual plugs:

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