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Title: Learning experiences of Singapore's low attainers in primary mathematics
Authors: Berinderjeet Kaur
Masura Ghani
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Citation: Paper presented at the AAMT-MERGA Conference 2011 on "Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices", Australia, 3 – 7 July 2011
Abstract: This paper explores the learning experiences of 346 year four low attainers in mathematics
from Singapore. The pupils were interviewed about their learning experiences related to
mathematics lessons in school. An innovative method, using pictures as stimulus, was
adopted to engage pupils to talk about their lessons. From the interview data it is apparent
that there was a mismatch between how pupils were taught and preferred to be taught.
Almost all the pupils experienced teacher-led whole class instruction during their
mathematics lessons. A study of three teacher-led whole class instruction lessons showed
that these lessons were not unique but had some commonalities. The mathematical tasks
used during instruction were routine and repetitive. Teachers also did not stimulate the
development of pupils' metacognition.
ISBN: 9781875900695
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