Mathematics Education: The Singapore Journey

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This comprehensive book is a state-of-the-art review of research and practices of mathematics education in Singapore. It traces the fascinating journey from the original development of the Singapore mathematics curriculum in the 1950s to the present day, and reports on diverse findings about the Singapore experience that are not readily available in print. All of the authors are active mathematics educators or senior mathematics teachers in Singapore, thus adding authenticity and distinctiveness to the stories covered in this book. The issues they so earnestly explore in this book will undoubtedly be of interest to graduate students, mathematics educators, and the international mathematics education community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812833754
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Pages: 564
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing the Landscape of the Singapore Mathematics Education Journey: Editorial Board 1

Part I Singapore Education and Mathematics Teacher Education

Chapter 1 Singapore Education and Mathematics Curriculum WONG Khoon Yoong LEE Ngan Hoe 13

Chapter 2 Mathematics Teacher Education: Pre-service and In-service Programmes LIM-TEO Suat Khoh 48

Chapter 3 Learning Communities: Roles of Teachers Network and Zone Activities CHUA Puay Huat 85

Chapter 4 Lesson Study in Mathematics: Three Cases from Singapore FANG Yanping Christine Kim-Eng LEE SHARIFAH THALHA Bte Syed Haron 104

Chapter 5 Teacher Change in an Informal Professional Development Programme: The 4-I Model YEAP Ban Har HO Siew Yin 130

Chapter 6 Singapore Master Teachers in Mathematics Juliana Donna NG Chye Huat FOO Kum Fong 150

Part II Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

Chapter 7 Model Method: A Visual Tool to Support Algebra Word Problem Solving at the Primary Level NG Swee Fong Kerry LEE 169

Chapter 8 Solving Algebra Word Problems: The Roles of Working Memory and the Model Method Kerry LEE NG Swee Fong 204

Chapter 9 Understanding of Statistical Graphs among Singapore Secondary Students WU Yingkang WONG Khoon Yoong 227

Chapter 10 Word Problems on Speed: Students' Strategies and Errors JIANG Chunlian 244

Chapter 11 Review of Research on Mathematical Problem Solving in Singapore FOONG Pui Yee 263

Chapter 12 Use of ICT in Mathematics Education in Singapore: Review of Research NG Wee Leng LEONG Yew Hoong 301

Chapter 13 Mathematics Anxiety and Test Anxiety of Secondary Two Students in Singapore YEO Kai Kow Joseph 319

Chapter 14 Positive Social Climate and Cooperative Learning in Mathematics Classrooms LUI Hah Wah Elena TOH Tin Lam CHUNG Siu Ping 337

Chapter 15 Mathematics Curriculum for the Gifted in Singapore KHONG Beng Choo 357

Chapter 16 Early Intervention for Pupils At-risk of Mathematics Difficulties Fiona CHEAM CHUA Wan Loo Jocelyn 370

Chapter 17 Numeracy Matters in Singapore Kindergartens Pamela SHARPE 387

Chapter 18 Rethinking and Researching Mathematics Assessment in Singapore: The Quest for a New Paradigm QUEK Khiok Seng FAN Lianghuo 413

Part III Comparative Studies in Mathematics Education

Chapter 19 Performance of Singapore Students in Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies (TIMSS) Berinderjeet KAUR 439

Chapter 20 Findings from the Background Questionnaires in TIMSS 2003 BOEY Kok Leong 464

Chapter 21 Kassel Project on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: Singapore's Participation Berinderjeet KAUR YAP Sook Fwe 479

Chapter 22 International Project on Mathematical Attainment (IPMA): Singapore's Participation Berinderjeet KAUR KOAY Phong Lee YAP Sook Fwe 494

Chapter 23 My "Best" Mathematics Teacher: Perceptions of Primary School Pupils from Singapore and Brunei Darussalam WONG Khoon Yoong Berinderjeet KAUR KOAY Phong Lee JAMILAH Binte Hj Mohd Yusof 512

Looking Forward and Beyond: Editorial Board 525

Contributing Authors 539

Subject Index 547

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