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    Problem solving in the school curriculum from a design perspective
    (2010-07) ; ;
    Dindyal, Jaguthsing
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    Quek, Khiok Seng
    In this symposium, we discuss some preliminary data collected from our problem solving project which uses a design experiment approach. Our approach to problem solving in the school Curriculum is in tandem with what Schoenfeld (2007) claimed: “Crafting instruction that would make a wide range of problem-solving strategies accessible to students would be a very valuable contribution … This is an engineering task rather than a conceptual one” (p. 541). In the first paper, we look at how two teachers on this project taught problem solving. As good problems are key to the successful implementation of our project, in the second paper, we focus on some of the problems that were used in the project and discuss the views of the participating students on these problems. The third paper shows how an initially selected problem led to a substitute problem to meet our design criteria.
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    Assessment in a problem solving curriculum
    (2009) ;
    Quek, Khiok Seng
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    Dindyal, Jaguthsing
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    In this paper we elaborate on the ways for assessing problem solving that goes beyond the usual focus on the products of the problem solving process. We designed a ‘practical’ worksheet to guide the students through the problem solving process. The worksheet focuses the solver’s attention on the key stages in problem solving. To assess the students’ problem solving throughout the process, we developed a scoring rubric based on Polya’s model (1954) and Schoenfeld’s framework (1985). Student response to the practical worksheet is discussed.
      304  325
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    Open Access
    Use of Geometer’s Sketchpad (GSP) to teach mechanics concepts in A Level Mathematics
    (2004-12)
    The use of Geometer’s Sketchpad to enhance students’ learning of Geometry concept in Secondary School mathematics has been well documented. In this note, the use of Geometer’s Sketchpad is extended to enhance the students’ learning of Advanced Level Mechanics concepts in Mathematics. Illustrations are selected from the topics Kinematics and Simple Harmonic Motion.
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    Open Access
    Students’ math self-concept and correlates: Some preliminary findings
    (2003-11)
    Lui, Elena Hah Wah
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    In Nov 2002, a research team in the National Institute of Education, NTU, launched a cross-discipline quasi-experimental study on “Positive Social Climate for Enhancing Students’ Math Self-concept”. Its main objective is to find the attributes (variables) in the social climate which are accountable for the increase of self-concept of Secondary Two students in the Math remedial classes in Singapore neighbourhood schools. Phase One of this study is Instrumentation: validating the scales used in the measurement of treatment effect. Phase Two is Intervention: the teachers’ / tutors’ interactions with students, the enhancement of students’ capabilities and confidence. These teachers / tutors will attend workshops conducted before the intervention in Phrase Two. The Pretest results will help identify students with high or low Math Self-concept. And the Posttest will help measure the effect of invention on these students’ Math Self-concept. Factors contributed to the significant changes will also be explored. H.W. Marsh’s Self-Description Questionnaire (SDQ-II, 1990) and B. Fraser’s “What is happening in this Class?” questionnaire were validated together with the Motivational Orientation scale and Intellectual Achievement Responsibility (IAR) questionnaire in Phase One. More than 700 Secondary Two students from four neighbourhood schools took part in the survey. Some preliminary findings in Phase One of this study will be presented in this paper. Gender and course differences in Math Self-concept and other variables will also be discussed.
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    The roles of mathematics competition in Singapore mathematics education
    The roles of mathematics competitions in Singapore mathematics education have expanded beyond helping the country in identifying and supporting of mathematical talents. In this note, test items from the past years mathematics competition were examined. It was proposed that mathematics competitions can potentially play three important roles in Singapore mathematics education: to (1) stretch students to explore mathematics beyond the usual school curriculum; (2) set direction in higher order thinking skills could be infused into the usual classroom teaching; and (3) preserve the “elementary mathematics” within the constantly evolving national mathematics curriculum. This note further presents some episodes of students’ responses to some competition questions from previous years. It was found that some students developed incomplete or incorrect mathematical reasoning but gave the correct answers to these questions, which is contradictory to the intention of setters of the questions. Readers are cautioned to the existence of a mismatch between the intentions of these competition questions and the actual format and structure of the competitions.
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    Mathematics education in Singapore
    (2015) ;
    Wong, Khoon Yoong
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    Ng, Swee Fong
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    Dindyal, Jaguthsing
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    Yen, Yeen Peng
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    Loh, Mei Yoke
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    Tan, June Hwee Chiat
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    Tan, Lay Chin
    Mathematics education in Singapore is a shared responsibility of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Institute of Education (NIE) . The MOE overseas the intended, implemented and attained curriculum in all schools while the NIE is involved in teacher preparation and development and also research in mathematics education. Therefore this report has two sections respectively , the first describes the education system and school mathematics curricula while the second briefly provides relevant information on teacher preparation and development and mathematics education research in Singapore.
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    Mathematical problem solving for integrated programme students
    (2006-05) ;
    Quek, Khiok Seng
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    Lee, Tuo Yeong
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    Lim-Teo, Suat Khoh
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    Ho, Foo Him
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