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Problem solving in Singaporean secondary mathematics textbooks
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Fan, L., & Zhu, Y. (2000). Problem solving in Singaporean secondary mathematics textbooks. The Mathematics Educator, 5(1/2), 117-141.
This study examined how two widely used Singaporean 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 data 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 problenl solving and are strong in aspects such as using fundamental-theoretica1 knowledge to solve problems, developing students' logical and higher-order thinking skills through solving multistep and challenging problems, 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 problem solving.
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