Mathematical modelling for Singapore primary classrooms : from a teacher’s lens
Seto, Cynthia, Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Ng, Kit Ee Dawn, Chan, Chung Ming Eric and Widjaja, Wanty 2012, Mathematical modelling for Singapore primary classrooms : from a teacher’s lens, in MERGA 2012 : The 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA, Nanyang, Singapore, pp. 672-679.
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Limited Singapore research indicated a lack of exposure of modelling tasks at primary levels. Teacher reflection is used as a tool in design research cycles exploring the potentials of modelling tasks in a Singapore primary five classroom. Findings reveal that the teacher identified three potentials of a modelling task on children’s mathematisation process: the task provided a platform for children to (a) identify variables and form relationships between them, (b) relate school-based math learning to real-world experiences, and (c) justify their mathematical models. Implications on the promotion of modelling tasks at primary schools as well as teacher education are drawn.
Field of Research
130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
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