n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Exploring rich diagrams

Volume 2016, Issue 20
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


One of the difficulties in finding suitable investigations for secondary school pupils is that interesting scenarios are likely to be too difficult, while those that are manageable are potentially uninteresting. More than that, in order to know whether a particular scenario is suitable, one must have worked through it oneself. Having done so, the temptation is then to scaffold the investigation process so as to lead students to the conclusions one found oneself - thereby eliminating the 'open-ended' nature of a proper investigative approach.

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