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Title: Mathematics education in Singapore: Tweaking the approach
Authors: Ho, Kai Fai
Tan, Preston
Lioe, Luis Tirtasanjaya
Issue Date: Nov-2005
Citation: Paper presented at the Proceedings of International Practioner Research Conference & Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Conference (PRAR/CARN 2005), Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2005
Abstract: Participating in a “Developing the repertoire of heuristics for mathematical problem solving” research project, the researcher-teacher came to realize he often used ‘answer-checking’ and ‘going over’ solutions as a way to teach problem solving. The emphasis was invariably on procedural skills. To tweak this, an alternative approach incorporating Polya’s (1957) four phases, viz., an Understand, Strategize, Execute and Reflect (USER) is used to explore a more metacognitive strategy that develop higher order problems solving. The researcher-teacher used this alternative in one class of students. A pre- and posttest were administered both in this class and a contrast class after a tenweek interval. The researchers also looked at the students’ mid-year examinations performance. Results show that the USER approach made some impact. The paper also reports on the experiences of the teacher-researcher as he reflected on the study.
Project number: CRP 1/04 JH
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