Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Robbin O'Leary
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Kara Gray
number theory, inquiry-based learning, instructional design, learning theories
While undergraduate inquiry-based texts in number theory share similar approaches with respect to learning as the embodiment of professional practice, this does not entail that these texts all operate from the same fundamental understanding of what it means to learn mathematics. In this paper, the instructional design of several texts of the aforementioned types are analyzed to assess the theory of learning under which they operate. From this understanding of the different theories of learning employed in an inquiry-based mathematical setting, one can come to understand the popular model of what it is to learn number theory in a meaningful sense.
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Butler, Rebecca L., "Inquiry in Inquiry: A Classification of the Learning Theories Underlying Inquiry-Based Undergraduate Number Theory Texts" (2019). Honors Projects. 100.