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Incorporating Inquiry-Based Class Meetings with Computer-Assisted Instruction

Abstract

What is the effect of incorporating inquiry-based group work sessions in a Finite Mathematics course in which the primary pedagogy is computer-assisted instruction? Our research at a major state university investigates in a randomized study the relative effect of combining computer assisted instruction with, respectively, inquiry-based group work sessions, traditional summary lectures of material to be covered in the computer-based part, and the latter combined with regular in-class quizzing on lecture material. The hypothesis is that inquiry-based group work sessions differentially benefit students in terms of self-efficacy, content knowledge, and communications. Measures are described to demonstrate the effect.

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