Developing communities of mathematical inquiry

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Case 1, ‘Developing communities of mathematical inquiry’, illustrates how two teachers developed teaching practices that were highly effective for diverse learners. The case focuses on how these teachers accelerated the mathematics achievement of their year 4 to 6 students, most of whom were Māori or Pasifika.

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: Only released on Education Counts March 2011

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New BES Quality Teaching Cases – Professional Learning Resources for Schools

The Ministry of Education is updating the first best evidence synthesis (BES):

Quality Teaching for Diverse (All) Learners in Schooling: Best Evidence Synthesis.
He Ako Reikura, He Ākonga Rerekura (Te Katoa) Hei Kete Reikura (BES)

Feedback from principals and teachers has been that BES cases are useful to support professional learning. So we have given priority to a series of cases of outstanding teaching practice designed to support professional learning in areas of educational challenge.

The cases have been selected from hundreds of research studies because they show how teachers can make a much bigger difference to valued outcomes for all students in a class through working smarter (not harder).  The cases also address our biggest challenge of better meeting the needs of the diversity of students in our schools.

In this way the BES Programme celebrates and shares the outstanding work of New Zealand educators, teacher educators, professional leaders and others engaged in research and development. We are providing access to their knowledge and experience as a resource for educational improvement that meets the needs of both students and teachers.

Please feel free to download and print copies of the cases as resources for professional learning. We welcome all feedback at .

Case 1: Developing Communities of Mathematical Inquiry is now available to download below. 



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