Learning to "friendly argue" in a community of mathematical inquiry

Funding year: 
2 years
Massey University
School sector
Project start date: 
January 2009
Project end date: 
January 2011
Principal investigator(s): 
Dr. Roberta Hunter
Research team members: 
Dr Glenda Anthony (Palmerston North Campus)
Research partners: 
Zain Thompson and Heather Howe, West Harbour School; Elizabeth Heather, Teokotai Toma Flatbush School

Project Description

This project explored the sorts of culturally responsive pedagogy teachers can engage in to optimise equitable access for students to proficient forms of mathematical talk and activity. The project sought to further our knowledge of the effects on student achievement and mathematical disposition when a specific focus is placed on building a classroom culture of mathematical inquiry and argumentation.

During the project we explored the following research questions:

  • How do teachers adapt and use a purposely designed communication and participation framework to structure student engagement in collective reasoned discourse?
  • What different pedagogical strategies and adaptations do teachers make to position diverse students to access mathematical discourse equitably?     
  • How are changes in students’ ways of participating in their mathematical learning influencing their mathematical proficiency and identity?        
  • How do students view their roles and responsibilities in the collective discourse as they gain increased agency in the classroom mathematical discourse?

Project Outputs



Anthony, G. J., Hunter, R. (2010). Communities of mathematical inquiry to support engagement in rich tasks. In B. Kaur, J. Dindyal (Eds.). Default Book (pp. 21-37). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.
[Book - Chapter In, Research]

Hunter, R. (2010). Changing roles in identities in the construction of a community of mathematical inquiry. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 13(5),  397-409. Springer. [Journal Article - Full Article in Journal, Research]


Presentations, conferences and workshops

Anthony, G. (2009). Supporting students' mathematical communication with modelling activities. Paper presented at the Mathematics Teachers Conference, Singapore National Institute of Education, 4 June 2009.

Hunter, R. (2009). Making Culture Count. Workshop presented at the Numeracy Leaders Conference Day, Victoria University, 27 March 2009.

Hunter, R. (2009). Making Culture Count. Keynote speech at the Numeracy Leaders Conference Day, Victoria University, 27 March 2009.

Hunter, R. (2009). Facilitating Communities of Mathematical Inquiry. Keynote speech at the National Numeracy Conference, Auckland, 16-19 February 2009.