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Fong, H. K. (1999). Creating creative mathematical resources for class use. In M. Waas (Ed.), Enhancing learning: Challenge of integrating thinking and information technology into the curriculum: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association ( pp. 578-583). Singapore: Plaza Parkroyal Hotel.
This paper discusses a study using constructivism concepts in teaching mathematical problem solving. It is based on a model which comprises 4 stages involving learners to construct their own word problems through recalling, relating and reflection of mathematical contents they have learned. The stages of this model are: ( 1) Presentation of Related KnowLedge (2) Construction of Provoking Words or Pictures (3) Construction of Mathematical Questions ( 4) Construction of Mathematical Knowledge by Self. The four stages of the model were tried out with a group of 26 in-service teachers who attended an upgrading programme for teaching lower primary mathematics. In this pilot study, the results showed that the model provides an effective guide for helping teachers to grip with mathematical concepts they have learned through the course. The results also showed that the constructivism activities enable the teachers to create their own mathematical problems for class use.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the ERA Annual Conference held at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Singapore from 23-25 November 1998
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