Guidelines for development of innovative inquiry based scenarios and modules

Guidelines form a framework describing the methodology used in project to design teaching and learning materials. It includes templates, with exemplars, for the design and presentation of teaching scenarios (didactical situations and corresponding teaching and assessment method), modules  (written or digital materials accompanying teaching scenarios, such as lesson plans, student assignments or digital worksheets to support a specific mathematical activity) and guidelines for use of the templates by designers, including guidelines for in- and outsourcing to digital environments and use of digital tools. The templates should help achieve a user friendly, homogenous presentation of didactical designs to trainers and teachers. Guidelines set out formal and content criteria to be adhered and it were developed by the University of Copenhagen as leading institution in cooperation with experts from University of Zagreb, National Education Institute of Slovenia, Utrecht University, University of Ljubljana, Vordingborg Gymnasium and XV. Gymnasium.

The booklet has been published and it is available for download from the menu on the right. 




One of the main results of the project MERIA will be a set of new showcase teaching scenarios and modules, which will be based on the theoretical background presented in the MERIA Practical guide to inquiry-based mathematics teaching


A scenario describes a didactical situation and corresponding teaching methods. It describes the goals of a teaching lesson in terms of curriculum area, specific target knowledge and competency and provides a clear structure for the lesson based on the Theory of Didactical Situations. A module also contains written and digital materials accompanying the teaching scenario, such as student assignments or digital worksheets. It contains the explicit rationale for the choice of the problem(s) and the teaching methods, a perspective from Realistic Mathematics Education, experiences and results from controlled implementations, including potential gains and pitfalls for students with specific prerequisites.


This booklet contains the templates describing the structure of a scenario and a module, as well as one example called Area enlargement. This exemplary scenario has been trialed in associated schools in all four partnering countries (information about the schools is available on the project’s webpage) and the information in the module is based on the data and feedback gathered by the project team from these trials.

March 01, 2017
February 28, 2018