The reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project

About reSolve

reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry is a national program that provides Australian teachers of Foundation to Year 10 with resources to teach mathematics in an innovative and engaging way. Resources are available free to all Australian students and teachers and linked through Scootle.

The program is managed by the Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The reSolve project aims to:

  1. develop and disseminate a suite of innovative, high quality mathematics teaching and learning resources for Foundation to Year 10 school students, teachers and school leaders, incorporating contemporary mathematics pedagogies that are aimed at transforming the teaching and learning of mathematics; and
  2. ensure widespread awareness and uptake of the resources and associated pedagogical approaches in schools across Australia.

The reSolve Protocol

At the centre of reSolve is the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry Protocol. This sets out a vision for teaching and learning mathematics and underpins all aspects of the project. The Protocol is organised around three focal points:

  • reSolve mathematics is purposeful
  • reSolve tasks are challenging yet accessible
  • reSolve classrooms have a knowledge-building culture

The reSolve resources

Classroom resources that embody a spirit of inquiry and enact the reSolve Protocol are being developed at every level from Foundation to Year 10. Each classroom resource is linked to a content description from the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.

Special topics include more extended inquiry, often with a STEM focus, and address identified needs or explore new boundaries. The special topics provide imaginative opportunities for creatively using new technologies and real world contexts.

Professional Learning Modules are designed to support collegial professional learning around key issues and themes in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The Professional Learning Modules elaborate the elements of the Protocol. All teachers are encouraged to undertake the "Using reSolve resources" module to become familiar with the project.

Many of our resources are currently in the trialling phase of their development. We would greatly appreciate all schools and staff downloading and trialling these resources and sending your trial feedback to mbi@science.org.au.

The reSolve Champions

A community of more than 290 committed teachers and leaders across the country have undertaken to become reSolve Champions. They will encourage the uptake of the reSolve classroom resources and special topics, and will lead professional learning in schools and clusters. The Champions are committed to sustaining the spirit of inquiry and principles of reSolve into the future.

The reSolve team

Australian Academy of Science

Executive Director Mathematics by Inquiry: Dr Steve Thornton
Director of Special Topics: Professor Kaye Stacey
Director of Professional Resources: Professor Peter Sullivan
Project Director: Dr Tim Sealey
Classroom Resource Developer: Kristen Tripet
Technical Writers: Ruqiyah Patel and Valerie Barker
Administration Coordinator: Amy Lee
 
Administration Officer project trials: Michelle Cooper (until February 2018)
Writer: Bruce Ferrington (until January 2017)
Writer: Michael Klinkert (until January 2017)
 
The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Director of Communication and Dissemination: Duncan Rayner
National Manager of Engagement: Matt Skoss
 
Director of Communication and Dissemination: Will Morony (until June 2018)
 

Project Management

Management Committee

Prof. Cheryl Praeger (Chair), Australian Academy of Science Excom member
Prof Pauline Ladiges, Secretary Education and Public Awareness Australian Academy of Science
Ms Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO Australian Academy of Science
Ms Allason McNamara, President/Immediate Past President Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
Dr Steve Thornton
Prof Kaye Stacey
Prof Peter Sullivan
Dr Tim Sealey
Mr Will Morony

Stakeholder Reference Group

The reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry project maintains regular communication with systems and other stakeholders, through informal mechanisms and the Stakeholder Reference Group. The Stakeholder Reference Group includes representatives from:
  • The Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • State and Territory education systems
  • Catholic education systems
  • Independent school systems
  • Mathematicians
  • Teachers
  • Mathematics education lecturers
  • STEM education groups including the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
  • Principals
  • The Australian Curriculum, Assessement and Reporting Authority
  • The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
  • Education Services Australia

Keep in touch

Read the reSolve newsletter to keep in touch with the program, and sign up to receive the newsletter on a regular basis (one per school term).

Contact us at mbi@science.org.au

Funding Acknowledgement

Mathematics by Inquiry is an initiative of, and funded by, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.