New Textbook, 'First Year Calculus, an Inquiry-Based Learning Approach', Offers a Step-by-Step Guide to Teachers and Students for Problem-Solving Skills Development

Press Release – updated: Feb 4, 2020 13:00 EST

JOSEPH, Ore., February 4, 2020 ( – When it comes to math, Clement E. Falbo, Ph.D. firmly believes in the foundational tenet of the discipline advanced by many in the field: The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics. Yet, his stance on how to go about that may be a bit different than the norm in many college classrooms. And that is exactly why he wrote the recently released textbook First Year Calculus, An Inquiry-Based Learning Approach.
​Falbo says the First Year Calculus fills a gap in the textbooks available specific to inquiry-based learning (IBL) in the calculus field and is meant to be used in a teacher-facilitated classroom to help guide students through the process. With inquiry-based learning, students are encouraged to assert their individual problem-solving skills and take a leadership approach in arriving at answers. The method advocates for minimizing – and even eliminating – instructor-led lectures so that students can take a more active role in the learning process.
The 25-chapter textbook includes content on Rapid Sketching, Asymptotes, Derivatives, the Chain Rule and all other components of the discipline and poses questions or problems for students to solve using skills taught, then built upon, in each subsequent lesson. Answers are provided at each step to allow students to then check their work line by line.
“Calculus is probably the branch of mathematics that allows for the most creativity, and its use extends to physics, engineering, business, computer science, biology and even artificial intelligence, said Falbo. 
“By incorporating an inquiry-based learning approach to calculus, students are actually teaching each other and comparing problem-solving approaches rather than being lectured to.”
“I have seen firsthand over my years of teaching that this style works and wants to help impart calculus problem-solving skills in a way that supports that style of learning in the classroom,” he added.
Falbo does indeed know that of which he speaks. He holds his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas in Austin and is mathematics professor emeritus at Sonoma State University. For 43 years, he taught math at the college and university level. During that time, he received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, had his work appear in several mathematical journals, and published other math textbooks. He even served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zimbabwe, where taught math to African high school students. It was, in fact, Falbo’s notes from his time in the classroom of Dr. R.L. Moore at the University of Texas that served as the impetus for the textbook.
Falbo is also the author of First Year Calculus as Taught by R. L. Moore: An Inquiry-Based Learning Approach.
First Year Calculus, An Inquiry-Based Learning Approach is available for $19.00 on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
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Source: Clement E. Falbo, Ph.D.

Britannica, Guided Inquiry Design partner to help teachers impart inquiry skills

CHICAGO (PRWEB) January 14, 2020
Britannica® Digital Learning announced today that is has partnered with Guided Inquiry Design® to offer a professional learning workshop to help educators teach and promote inquiry in the classroom and across the curriculum.
The new workshop is part of Britannica’s professional-learning offerings and is included with other on-site training sessions the company facilitates at school districts on topics such as information literacy, processing complex informational texts and analyzing primary-source documents. In these workshops, Britannica’s education-consultant team of experienced educators facilitates teacher learning opportunities with the latest instructional approaches to critical inquiry, information and nonfiction texts.
Guided Inquiry Design (GID) is embraced internationally. It is the only inquiry model based on information science research. Educators use the model to design and facilitate inquiry that exceeds the requirements found in national and state standards. Their pedagogical approach is consistent with Britannica’s, making the partnership a natural one, according to Darcy Carlson, director, education consultants, with Britannica Digital Learning.
“Today’s students have to be thoroughly competent with information and nonfiction sources in all their forms,” said Carlson. “They learn through rigorous inquiry to think critically, to ask questions, and to synthesize information from different places. Britannica is dedicated to helping educators impart these skills, and our partnership with Guided Inquiry Design will strengthen our ability to do this.”
Britannica will also offer GID’s professional learning programs, led by Dr. Leslie Maniotes, author, co-creator of GID, former teacher and specialist in curriculum and instruction, as part of its premium, customized professional learning services.
Britannica offers extensive support for its products to subscribing institutions, including a range of professional learning services such as customized webinars, face-to-face workshops, instructional coaching and ongoing support. The company’s education-consultant team of experienced educators ensures that every educator feels confident, prepared, and eager to collaborate with colleagues and motivate students.
More information is available at and
About Britannica Digital LearningOur mission is simple: to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning. Future dreamers, leaders, and builders depend on educators every day to help them learn to examine their world more deeply. We partner with educators, school districts, ministries and media companies all around the world. Trusted in over 83 countries, translated into over 15 languages and used by more than 150 million students, we provide educators and learners with effective, enriching, and innovative tools, resources, and ideas to meet evolving teaching and learning needs. Britannica Digital Learning is a division of the Britannica Group, which is headquartered in Chicago. Information about North American products and services is at

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