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Welcome to the mascil toolkit for pre-service teacher education. Mascil aims to support teachers of mathematics and science in working to improve their teaching by adopting inquiry based learning (IBL) practices that connect with the world of work.

The pre-service toolkit can be used by course tutors in a flexible way with groups of pre-service teachers to facilitate work on different aspects of teaching. It provides a set of adaptable resources to help the group explore teaching practices that use IBL and connections to the world of work. It can be used in different ways so that groups can work on particular aspects of teaching that the course tutor wants to prioritize, or it can be used to provide a more structured training course.

The mascil toolkit has three domains and within each one of these there are a number of key issues. Each issue leads to a number of questions which are addressed by a series of professional development tools. The three domains are listed below and the following diagram then provides an overview of the structure of the toolkit with the domains on the left, the issues in the centre and the questions on the right.

WAYS OF WORKING: explains how to use the toolkit as well as providing tools that will help teachers consider ways of working together effectively as a group and using cycles of inquiry that involve classroom teaching, discussion and reflection.
INQUIRY and IBL PEDAGOGIES: provides support for teacher groups in exploring all aspects of inquiry in mathematics and science classrooms.
WORLD OF WORK: supports new ways of teaching mathematics and science that connect with the world of work. It draws on the mascil classroom tasks that have been collected from across Europe to assist with this.

Domain Issues Professional Questions Tools
Ways of working Working with mascil resources How do I navigate around the toolkit?
How can the mascil resources be used?
How can we inquire into our teaching? PDE-1(T) Using the inquiry cycle
World of work Connecting learning to the WoW How do tasks bring the WoW into the classroom? WC-1 (T) Classifying and critiquing tasks
WC-3 (T) Designing tasks
How should we use science tasks to connect to the WoW? WD-3(T) Connecting to the world of the horticulture industry
How should we use mathematics tasks to connect to the WoW? WE-1(T) Mathematics in the world of work
Inquiry learning The inquiry classroom What happens in an IBL classroom? IA-1(T) Characterising an IBL classroom
Does IBL work? IB-2(T) Exploring evidence
How do we support IBL? ID-1(T) Classroom questioning discussion
ID-2 (T) Classroom questioning role play
ID-3(T) Planning for effective questioning
ID-4(T) Students working collaboratively
IBL in mathematics What do inquiry tasks look like in mathematics? IE-2(T) Comparing structured and unstructured problems
IE-3(T) Characteristics of problem-solving tasks
How do we plan for IBL in mathematics? IF-3(T) Advice for teaching problem-solving
How does IBL relate to our mathematics curriculum? IG-1(T) Opportunities for IBL within the mathematics curriculum
IBL in science How does IBL relate to our science curriculum? IJ-1(T) The potential of IBL to meet curricular demands

For most questions there are professional development tools that tutors can use when working with pre-service teachers to answer these questions. A full list of these can be seen by using the link here to the pre-service TOOLKIT. Each part of the toolkit is accessible by clicking on the domain title, issue or question in the diagram above or by using the drop-down and fly-out menus at the top of the page.

To get started read the “Ways of Working” page.