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Tan, L. L., Lee, L. K. W., Goh, N. K., & Chia, L. S. (1996, November). Teaching problem solving: Views of science teachers in Singapore primary schools. Paper presented at the ERA-AARE Joint Conference, Singapore.
Problem solving and thinking skills have recently been highlighted in
the Singapore press and in the education circles. There is renewed
interest to promote more independent thinking among Singapore pupils,
starting from primary schools. A study among science teachers was
carried out in the middle of 1996. The aim of the study was to find out
if science teachers were adopting the teaching of problem solving in
the national primary science curriculum and if so, what were the
teachers' perception of the teaching approach using problem solving.
This paper is a preliminary report of a part of the study. It provides
information on the instructional situation in primary science lessons
and the factors that influenced the teachers to adopt certain
instructional techniques, in particular, a problem-solving approach in
teaching primary science.
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