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Title: Using journal writing to understand primary three students’ perception of multiplication and division: Case studies
Authors: Ng, Juliana Donna Chye Huat
Yeo, Shu Mei
Keywords: journal writing
Issue Date: May-2005
Citation: Paper presented at the international conference on education, Redesigning Pedagogy: Research, Policy, Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2005
Abstract: Primary school students’ ability to communicate their mathematical understanding is one of the main objectives in mathematics learning in schools. This study investigates how journal writing can be used to examine primary students’ perception and their ability to explain their understanding of multiplication and division based on two case studies. Two journal writing tasks are given respectively to 158 and 36 primary three students in two Singapore schools. The writing tasks specifically aim to uncover how young students perceive the learning of division and multiplication. An analysis of students’ writings reveals that the use of appropriate journal writing prompts gives students the opportunity to explain their understanding and perception of mathematics learnt. The results from students’ journal writing help teachers to understand their students’ thinking and take the necessary measures to clarify the mathematical concepts involved in the topics of multiplication and division. Moreover, students’ writings serve as a source of reflection for teachers to re-think and improve their instructional strategies. The results suggest that teachers can gather a lot of information about students’ thinking in their writings and journal writing can be an effective and alternative way to increase teachers’ understanding of their students learning in mathematics. Given the appropriate writing prompts, journal writing can be a source for students to reveal to teachers their understanding of mathematics concepts and learning. Students need more exposure and opportunity to explain mathematics explicitly and substantially in writing. The researchers believe that through writing, students will learn to develop and foster higher ability to communicate their mathematical ideas and understanding.
Project number: CRP 24/03 FLH
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