Secondary school students investigating mathematics
Yeo, J. B. W. (2008). Secondary school students investigating mathematics. In G. Merrilyn, B. Ray & M. Katie (Eds.), Navigating currents and charting directions: Proceedings of the 31st annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, University of Queensland, Brisbane 28th June-1st July 2008 (pp 613-619). Adelaide, S.A.: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.
This paper describes a research study to find out the ability of Singapore secondary school students in attempting open investigative tasks. The results show that most high-ability students had no experience in open mathematical investigation and they did not even know how to start. Providing sample problems in the tasks for students to investigate did not seem to help them understand the requirements of the tasks. The implication of these findings on research methodology using paper-and-pencil tests will be discussed.
This paper was presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA 2008) on "Navigating Currents and Charting Directions", held in Brisbane, Australia from 28 Jun to 1 Jul 2008