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Use of comics to enhance students’ learning for the development of the 21st century competencies in the mathematics classroom

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2017
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Toh, Tin Lam
Cheng, Lu Pien
Jiang, Heng
Lim, Kam Ming
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This paper discusses the use of comics in teaching mathematics in the secondary mathematics classroom. We explicate how the use of comics in teaching mathematics can prepare students for the twenty-first century competencies. We developed an alternative teaching package using comics for two lower secondary mathematics topics. This alternative teaching package consists of (i) several sets of comic strips expounding all related mathematical concepts in a lively way; (ii) tiered practice questions for learning reinforcement; and (iii) a set of proposed lesson outlines with suggestions on how to use the comics for mathematics teaching. We also report how one of the teachers in our study used this teaching package in her mathematics lessons. Her lessons were video-recorded and eleven students were interviewed to help us understand how the mathematics comics lessons were enacted and the students’ perception of comics as instruction. We identified instances in which the teacher tweaked the provided resource to further enhance student learning and incorporated elements of the twenty-first century competencies during her lessons. Through selected student interviews, we also identified instances in which students commented on their gain from the new approach from the perspective of the twenty-first century competencies.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02188791.2017.1339344
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Toh, T. L., Cheng, L. P., Ho, S. Y., Jiang, H., & Lim, K. M. (2017). Use of comics to enhance students’ learning for the development of the 21st century competencies in the mathematics classroom. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(4), 437-452. https://doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2017.1339344
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