Effectiveness of implementing inquiry-based learning in teaching mathematics among pre-service teachers in Hong Kong

Hiu Ching WONG

Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


This research study was aimed to investigate Hong Kong mathematics pre-service teachers’ effectiveness in implementing inquiry-based learning in teaching, to examine their knowledge and skill level for developing and executing inquiry-based learning lessons, and to suggest various ways for future improvement on the IBL enrichment for pre-service teachers.
A questionnaire on the fulfillment of the 4D implementation model of mathematics inquiry by mathematics pre-service teachers was adapted from the inquiry instruction scale created by Learning Point Associates (Margolin, Brown & Miller, 2008) and the assessment checklist introduced by Fielding-Wells and Makar (2010), and an interview was designed to explore pre-service teachers’ preference on teaching approaches and the difficulties they encountered with inquiry-based learning lessons. 37 mathematics pre-service teachers studying in the Education University of Hong Kong undertook the questionnaire and 4 mathematics pre-service teachers were selected to do the interview.
The findings of this research study showed that pre-service teachers were unfamiliar with the fundamental elements of inquiry-based learning in mathematics: the five major issues of inquiry-based learning in mathematics and the three design principles for developing an inquiry-based learning mathematics curriculum. Therefore, their effectiveness in each implementation phase of the 4D model is unsatisfactory. To improve the overall situation, pre-service teachers are recommended to have further enhancement on inquiry-based learning to elevate their knowledge, skills and experience with the implementation of IBL in mathematics teaching.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • NG, Cheuk Wing, Margaret 吳卓穎, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary) – General Studies and Mathematics (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B058
  • Course code: TLS4029


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