20th National Conference on School Science & Mathematics
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This presentation was part of a Plenary Panel at a Thai National Conference on School Science and Mathematics organized by IPST (Thailand) & Chiangrai Rajabhat University, Thailand. There were also......

This presentation was part of a Plenary Panel at a Thai National Conference on School Science and Mathematics organized by IPST (Thailand) & Chiangrai Rajabhat University, Thailand. There were also speakers from Japan and South Korea.

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  • 1. เสวนาวิชาการ งานประชุมวิชาการวิทยาศาสตร์ คณิตศาสตร์ในโรงเรียนครั้งที่ 20 Sustainable Development of Science and Mathematics in School ประสบการณ์จากประเทศสิงคโปร์ Yeap Ban Har Marshall Cavendish Institute Singapore banhar@sg.marshallcavendish.com
  • 2. Introduction Both educational achievement and economic performance was poor in 1960s when Singapore first became a nation. There has been big improvement in both education and economy since then. Today, Singapore is generally successful in both.
  • 3. Source: Statistics Singapore http://www.singstat.gov.sg
  • 4. 34 537 516 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2009 Source: Statistics Singapore http://www.singstat.gov.sg
  • 5. Education System In 1997, the Thinking Schools, Learning Nation philosophy was introduced. Today, thinking and problem solving remain important focus of the education system.
  • 6. Education System Education system is constantly reviewed for improvement.
  • 7. Science & Mathematics Curriculum Mathematics curriculum focuses on problem solving. Science curriculum focuses on inquiry.
  • 8. Textbooks Textbooks are written to reflect the demands of the curriculum and based on learning theories.
  • 9. Primary Mathematics Standards Edition (United States of America) Ateneo de Manila Grade School, The Philippines CPA Approach
  • 10. National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • 11. Pensar sin Limites (Chile) Spiral Approach
  • 12. Pensar sin Limites (Chile) Spiral Approach
  • 13. Pensar sin Limites (Chile) Spiral Approach
  • 14. Spiral Approach Pensar sin Limites (Chile)
  • 15. Maths Champion (Indonesia)
  • 16. National Tests National test items requires higher-order thinking. For example, in mathematics, tedious computation is not emphasized. Instead problem solving is important. In science, process skills are tested significantly.
  • 17. Examples from Grade 6 National Examination Mathematics
  • 18. Example from Grade 6 National Examination Science
  • 19. Teacher Education (Pre-Service) A uniform systematic pre-service teacher education. Grades 11 – 12 teachers are specialists. Grades 7 – 10 teachers are semi-specialists, trained in two subjects. Grades 1 – 6 teachers are generalists. However, they receive substantial mathematics and science education.
  • 20. National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • 21. Performance of Future Primary Teachers Mathematics Content Knowledge
  • 22. Performance of Future Primary Teachers Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • 23. Performance of Future Lower Secondary Teachers Mathematics Content Knowledge Performance of Future Lower Secondary Teachers Mathematics Content Knowledge
  • 24. Professional Development (In-Service) There is provision for 100 hours of professional development a year. Schools are expected to form Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Many schools do Lesson Study.
  • 25. CHIF Our Lady of Good Counsel, Singapore North Vista Primary School, Singapore Da Qiao Primary School, Singapore
  • 26. Fuchun Primary School, Singapore New pedagogies are introduced in the teaching and learning process as a result of lesson study.
  • 27. เสวนาวิชาการ งานประชุมวิชาการวิทยาศาสตร์ คณิตศาสตร์ในโรงเรียนครั้งที่ 20 Sustainable Development of Science and Mathematics in School ประสบการณ์จากประเทศสิงคโปร์ Presentation is available at www.banhar.com