Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/15473
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2006
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Ng, S. F. (2006). Helping children talk about shapes: A case study with ten children in the learning support programme. Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 29(1), 21-40.
Abstract: 
This paper describes an activity which attempts to change the
discourse of a mathematics classroom with the specific intent
to help children who may have difficulties with mathematics
and ways of communicating. Ten 8-year old children in the
Learning Support Programme were engaged in an open-ended
geometric task. In this paper a brief description of van Hiele’s
theory of geometric reasoning and Vygotsky’s socio-cultural
theory of cognitive growth are presented in the introduction.
This is followed by a detailed description of the open-ended
task which required children to use the four basic shapes -
triangles, squares, rectangles and circles to create animals with
a tail. The findings showed that while the children were able to
use the four basic shapes to make animals with the given
condition, they were challenged to explain why the animal they
had selected was their favourite. Suggestions on how to improve
the children’s communication skills are discussed.
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0126-7663
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