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Model Method in Singapore primary mathematics textbooks

Model Method in Singapore primary mathematics textbooks
Model Method in Singapore primary mathematics textbooks
The model method has been widely recognised as a signature pedagogy of Singapore primary mathematics, and because of Singapore’s outstanding performance in mathematics in both TIMSS and PISA, there has been an increasing interest in this method in mathematics education worldwide. Focusing on the design and development of the model method, in this paper we shall explain and discuss how the model method is presented in the textbooks, discuss the why and how of the model method, and make connections between the model method and the algebraic method. We argue that it is necessary to integrate the model method with the algebraic method to help students develop their confidence and competence in using the algebraic method which is a fundamental skill in higher mathematics. This approach has been incorporated in the current Singapore secondary mathematics textbooks. The paper ends with a discussion on the implications of the model method on mathematics curriculum and textbooks
Kho, Tek Hong
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Yeo, Shu Mei
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Fan, Lianghuo
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Kho, Tek Hong
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Yeo, Shu Mei
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Fan, Lianghuo
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Kho, Tek Hong, Yeo, Shu Mei and Fan, Lianghuo (2014) Model Method in Singapore primary mathematics textbooks. 2014 International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development (ICMT2014), United Kingdom. 29 - 31 Jul 2014. 8 pp .

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The model method has been widely recognised as a signature pedagogy of Singapore primary mathematics, and because of Singapore’s outstanding performance in mathematics in both TIMSS and PISA, there has been an increasing interest in this method in mathematics education worldwide. Focusing on the design and development of the model method, in this paper we shall explain and discuss how the model method is presented in the textbooks, discuss the why and how of the model method, and make connections between the model method and the algebraic method. We argue that it is necessary to integrate the model method with the algebraic method to help students develop their confidence and competence in using the algebraic method which is a fundamental skill in higher mathematics. This approach has been incorporated in the current Singapore secondary mathematics textbooks. The paper ends with a discussion on the implications of the model method on mathematics curriculum and textbooks

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Published date: July 2014
Venue - Dates: 2014 International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development (ICMT2014), United Kingdom, 2014-07-29 - 2014-07-31
Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education

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Local EPrints ID: 373441
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/373441
PURE UUID: 7ac2951e-c93b-46fe-813c-a68193871524

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Date deposited: 19 Jan 2015 09:01
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:34

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Author: Tek Hong Kho
Author: Shu Mei Yeo
Author: Lianghuo Fan

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