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ERIC Number: ED439812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching and Learning Primary Mathematics in Singapore.
Seng, SeokHoon
Noting that current views of mathematical learning and teaching focus on the child as a responsible student who attends to instruction and who constructs what is taught in a personal and meaningful way, this paper examines scaffolding and mediation strategies and describes the learning and teaching of elementary school level mathematics in Singapore. The paper first discusses mathematical knowledge and skill development in young children. The paper then describes elementary mathematics curriculum in Singapore, noting that its central focus is problem solving, and suggesting that teaching mathematics creatively is a challenge for mathematics teachers. The paper also describes the impact of educational policy changes on the school learning climate that have led to increased project work, multiple assessment modes, creative modes of learning, and focus on basic numeracy skills. Next, the paper outlines Vygotsky's views on thinking as a social process, focusing on the strategy of scaffolding and noting that Singapore teachers are highly interactive in the classroom as they try to induce mathematical abilities and skills through social experiences. The paper then describes Feuerstein's mediated learning experience approach, linking differences in learning propensities to an individual's cultural experiences. The paper maintains that many classroom learning problems are the result of insufficient or inadequate mediated learning experience. Finally, the paper describes two examples of mathematical concepts and activities that have inherent opportunities for elaboration and transfer. (Contains 11 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore