Mission Statement

The Legacy of R.L. Moore Project works towards ensuring that the well-recognized benefits of the Moore Method, and other inquiry-based learning methods, are made available to every student.:  Many of Dr. Moore’s students, beginning with his earliest one in 1916, recognized that not every student could take his classes and so sought, as teachers, to share their experience with the widest possible range of students. 

The Legacy Project, established by the Educational Advancement Foundation, promotes the study of effective methods of learning and teaching at all educational levels and in all subjects. Every student has the capability for creative and critical thinking and the method pioneered by Moore as well as other inquiry-based methods have proven to be very conducive to recognizing, nurturing, and developing this ability.

Inquiry-based learning, a method which has been recommended in the report of a review of undergraduate education made to the National Science Foundation in 1996, entitled "Shaping the Future." What has become known as the "Moore Method" provides an example worth studying by anyone interested in teaching and, in particular, provides an opportunity to learn how teaching and research need not be separate, competing enterprises. R.L. Moore, together with the community of his fellow teachers of mathematics at The University of Texas, and their students and students of students, form an historically significant and influential group in American mathematics.


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Last revised 11 May 2021.