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Berinderjeet Kaur. (1992, February). A state-of-the-art review on mathematics education in Singapore: An overview. Paper presented at the International Seminar on “State-of-the-Art Research in Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia and the Pacific”, Penang, Malaysia.
A state-of-the-art review in mathematics education in Singapore was carried out by a team of researchers in the National Institute of Education in late 1990. The report was published in April 1991. As there has never been a a concerted research agenda for research in mathematics education in Singapore, the studies reviewed originated from the interests of specific individuals or groups. The review was part of a regional effort and commissioned by SEARRAG (Southeast Asian Research Review and Advisory Group). It was predetermined that each country classify the studies into five topical areas of interest (Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Examinations, Teacher Education, Development Projects, and Curriculum Development, Implementation and Evaluation). As bulk of the studies reviewed fell into the category Teaching and Learning, this category was further divided into seven sub-headings, namely affective variables and problem-solving, types and levels of understanding, analysis of errors, low achievers and remediation, learning strategies, use of microcomputers, and other variables. Forty-two selected studies were reviewed, an important criterion for selection being relevance and representativeness of the topical area of interest rather than rigour in methodology or thoroughness in conceptualization. In addition to highlighting the major thrusts and strengths of research on mathematics education during the last decade or so, the review has pointed to gaps or areas requiring further attention.
This paper was presented at the International Seminar on “State-of-the-Art Research in Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia and the Pacific”, held in Penang, Malaysia from 17-19 Feb 1992
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