Center for Faculty Excellence

Teaching Inquiry-Oriented Abstract Algebra

Leah H. Gold

Mathematics

College of Sciences and Health Professions

Teaching Inquiry-Oriented Abstract Algebra

In Fall 2016 I taught an inquiry-oriented abstract algebra course using materials from the TIMES Project.  Through task-based exploration in class, students rediscovered the basic principles and theorems of group theory.  Members of the class were given tasks that allowed them to generate their own reasoning and then build on their contributions.  Ultimately they developed a shared understanding as a class, and then I connect their work to standard mathematical language and notation.