- Why Singaporean eighth graders did better among the Asian nations in the TIMSS mathematics: A secondary analysis

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# Why Singaporean eighth graders did better among the Asian nations in the TIMSS mathematics: A secondary analysis

Citation

Soh, K. C. (2000). Why Singaporean eighth graders did better among the Asian nations in the TIMSS mathematics: A secondary analysis. The Mathematics Educator, 5(1), 169-179.

Author

Soh, Kay Cheng

Abstract

The Asian nations top the list of TIMSS mathematics achievement. This study looks for possible explanation why Singaporean eighth graders did well in TIMSS Mathematics than those of three other participating Asian nations. The analysis indicates that this could be partly due to home coilditioil and strong social motivation to do well in general and in Mathematics in particular. Homework and highly positive feelings toward Mathematics played a no small role in Singaporean students' achievement. Singaporean students attributed success more to talent or ability but less to hard work.. Singaporean's teachers spent more time on tests and assignments and used daily matters to make Mathematics lessons more relevant to the students. They also made good uses of assessment information to enhance student learning. I11 short, Singapore's Mathematics achievement is due to the illteractioil of home environment, motivation reinforced by the social milieu, teacher quality and
devotion and the teaching strategies adopted by the teachers.

Date Issued

2000

Publisher

Association of Mathematics Educators

Journal

The Mathematics Educator