Two teachers’ pedagogies in teaching problem solving in Singapore lower secondary mathematics classrooms
Paper presented at the ICMI Regional Conference: The 3rd East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou, China, 2005
Ho, Kai Fai
This paper explores the pedagogical practices of two lower secondary teachers teaching mathematics in an attempt to address the question of the extent emphasis on mathematical problem solving as mandated in the curriculum gets enacted in classrooms. Using a video coding scheme which divides each lesson into phases, namely, problem solving, teaching concepts/skills, going over assigned work and student activities, a series of lessons were coded. Patterns of practices which show similarities and differences between the two teachers were discerned. The paper discusses some findings which suggest that the emphasis leans more on concepts/skills acquisition, going over assigned work than on problem solving.
CRP 1/04 JH