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Proceedings of the Redesigning pedagogy: research, policy, practice conference, Singapore, May - June 2005
Students engage in different activities when they study mathematics. These could range from
traditional work like doing homework and asking for help to newer ones such as exploring
mathematics with software and working with buddies. There are few studies about how often
students use these activities and how useful they perceive these activities to be as their
repertoires for studying mathematics. No study has been found that examines these
perceptions by ethnic groups.
A CRPP-funded project entitled Enhancing Mathematics Performance has one of its aims to
understand how mathematically weak students handle the study of mathematics. Data were
collected from Primary 4 and Secondary 1 students about their perceptions of different study
techniques and home environments for studying mathematics. Findings by Chinese and
Malay groups will be reported in this paper. The information will contribute toward the
discussion about home and ethnic factors in mathematics learning, which have not received
much attention locally and internationally. Pedagogy needs to be “re-designed” to take into
consideration some of these factors, in particular for teachers who teach students of different
ethnic groups in their classes, often the case in Singapore.
Project number: 
CRP 47/03 WKY
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