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Title: A study of basic numeracy skills: Primary education student teachers at the Institute of Education (Singapore)
Authors: Berinderjeet Kaur
Keywords: Numeracy Skills
Pre-service Teachers
Issue Date: 1990
Citation: Singapore Journal of Education, 11(1), 74-81
Description: This study concerns the basic mathematical skius and attitudes of prospective primary school teachers at the Institute of Education, Singapore. The study was prompted by a concern for basic standards in mathematics education. As these trainees are admitted to the Institute of Education on the basis of their overall Cambridge A-Level Examination results, it is conceivable that not all of them possess a strong mathematical background. At the Institute, they take a compulsory methodology course - Teaching Mathematics in the Primary School, preparing them to teach Mathematics in the Primary school. Despite the varying mathematical background, there is no optional or compulsory mathematics content course available in the curriculum to equip the needy and neither are they required to pass any mathematics test before graduating from their teacher training programme. A test comprising 40 testing skills items adapted from the Primary Teacher Education program of the St George Institute of Education (SGIE) in Sydney was administered to 173 (15 male and 158 female) 2nd year Certificate-in- Education students at the Institute of Education in February 1990. At the SGIE, all students of the Primary Teacher Education Program are required to pass a basic skius test in mathematics at the 75% mastery level. At the Institute of Education, 18.5% (or 32) of the students failed to obtain a pass at the 75% mastery level although the mean score for the sample was 33.68. The study also shed light on the trainee teachers' perceptions of mathematics as a subject, and personal confidence in doing and teaching mathematics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/16116
ISSN: 0129-4776
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles - Singapore Journal of Education

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