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Problem solving in Singaporean secondary mathematics textbooks

Problem solving in Singaporean secondary mathematics textbooks
Problem solving in Singaporean secondary mathematics textbooks
This study examined how two widely used Singapore school mathematics textbooks at lower secondary level represent problem solving. The study established a framework on the classification of problems and problem solving procedures to code and analyze the from the textbooks. Based on the framework, an overall picture of the representation of problem solving in the textbooks was obtained. The authors concluded that the textbooks present a good foundation for students to development their abilities in problem solving and are strong in aspects such as using fundamental/theoretical knowledge to solve problem, developing students’ logical and higher-order thinking skills through solving multistep and challenging problem, exposing students to a variety of heuristics, and leading students to new concepts and algorithms through problem solving. The authors also suggested some areas for further improvement of the textbooks concerning the representation of solving.
117-141
Fan, Lianghuo
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Zhu, Yan
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Fan, Lianghuo
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Zhu, Yan
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Fan, Lianghuo and Zhu, Yan (2000) Problem solving in Singaporean secondary mathematics textbooks. The Mathematics Educator, 5 (1-2), 117-141.

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This study examined how two widely used Singapore school mathematics textbooks at lower secondary level represent problem solving. The study established a framework on the classification of problems and problem solving procedures to code and analyze the from the textbooks. Based on the framework, an overall picture of the representation of problem solving in the textbooks was obtained. The authors concluded that the textbooks present a good foundation for students to development their abilities in problem solving and are strong in aspects such as using fundamental/theoretical knowledge to solve problem, developing students’ logical and higher-order thinking skills through solving multistep and challenging problem, exposing students to a variety of heuristics, and leading students to new concepts and algorithms through problem solving. The authors also suggested some areas for further improvement of the textbooks concerning the representation of solving.

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Published date: 2000

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/174415
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Date deposited: 15 Feb 2011 11:59
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:11

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