reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry is a bold new national program to promote innovative and engaging approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics in Australian schools.
It is managed by the Australian Academy of Science in collaboration with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
The project is a key component in the National STEM School Education Strategy 2016–2026. It furthers the goals of ensuring that all students finish school with strong knowledge in mathematics, and ensuring that students are inspired and equipped to take on more challenging STEM subjects, including intermediate and advanced mathematics in the senior school.
Given the relatively short duration of reSolve, the project is designed to produce a legacy that can be taken up and built on by teachers, schools and others once the project has concluded. The teaching and professional resources produced by reSolve will be one part of this its legacy.
The other component of the legacy will be a human one – people who engage with the project in various ways during its lifetime and who carry forward an understanding of, and commitment to, its aims for the teaching and learning of mathematics in Australian schools.
The reSolve Champions are a major component of the ‘human legacy’ of the project.
Classrooms using reSolve resources and approaches to inquiry will foster mathematics learning through engaging activities that are meaningful to the students, and that support the development of both the content and all four of the Proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (fluency, reasoning, understanding and problem solving). They will be learning environments in which students are challenged and supported to build their knowledge by taking risks, and exploring and discussing their ideas.