Teaching Through
Problem Solving
in primary and secondary schools

Dr Yeap Ban Har
yeapbanhar@gmail.com
www.banhar.blogspo...
Slides are available at

www.facebook.com/ShingLeePublishers
www.facebook.com/ShingLeePublishers
Introduction
Examples
What to Teach
How to Teach
Discussion
 Land
 270 sq miles
 700 sq km

introduction

 People
 5.3 million
 GDP per capita
 1965 USD500
 2012 USD60 000

J...
In Singapore, the average
learners perform at a high
level. The following are some
data from some international
research o...
All major international tests (literacy, science and mathematics) between 1964 and
2003 were placed on a common scale. Sel...
mathematics
adv

high

int

low

Singapore

606

43

78

94

99

South Korea

grade four mathematics

ave

605

39

80

97

100

Hong ...
advanced

high

intermediate

low

South Korea

grade eight mathematics

average

613

47

77

93

99

Singapore

611

48
...
average

advanced

high

intermediate

low

grade eight mathematics

Singapore

611

48

78

92

99

Malaysia

440

2

12
...
average

advanced

like math

dislike math

grade eight mathematics

Singapore

611

48

32

23

Malaysia

440

2

39

15
...
average

advanced

like math

dislike math

grade eight mathematics

Singapore

611

48

32

23

South Korea

613

47

8

...
1982
Introduction of Singapore mathematics
textbooks as they are known today.

1992
Introduction of ProblemSolving Curricu...
examples

Greenridge Primary School, Singapore
SEED Institute, Singapore

Let’s Learn Fractions
St Gabriel’s Foudation, Thailand
Shinglee in Thailand (Primary)
Shinglee in Thailand (Primary)
Shinglee in Thailand (Primary)
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Shinglee in Thailand (Primary)
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Shinglee in Thailand (Primary)
Shinglee in Thailand (Primary)
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  1. 1. Teaching Through Problem Solving in primary and secondary schools Dr Yeap Ban Har yeapbanhar@gmail.com www.banhar.blogspot.com Slides are available at www.facebook.com/ShingLeePublishers
  2. 2. Slides are available at www.facebook.com/ShingLeePublishers
  3. 3. www.facebook.com/ShingLeePublishers
  4. 4. Introduction Examples What to Teach How to Teach Discussion
  5. 5.  Land  270 sq miles  700 sq km introduction  People  5.3 million  GDP per capita  1965 USD500  2012 USD60 000 Junyuan Secondary School, Singapore in current USD
  6. 6. In Singapore, the average learners perform at a high level. The following are some data from some international research on math achievement and attitude.
  7. 7. All major international tests (literacy, science and mathematics) between 1964 and 2003 were placed on a common scale. Selected countries shown in the table. Score 1960-1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 500 Japan Hong Kong Japan Korea Hong Kong Japan Korea Singapore Hong Kong Japan Korea Singapore 400 Thailand The Philippines Singapore Thailand Malaysia Thailand Malaysia Thailand 300 Indonesia Indonesia The Philippines The Philippines Reference: E. Hanusek, D. Jamison, E. Jamison & L. Woessmann (2008)
  8. 8. mathematics
  9. 9. adv high int low Singapore 606 43 78 94 99 South Korea grade four mathematics ave 605 39 80 97 100 Hong Kong 602 37 80 96 99 Taiwan 591 34 74 93 99 Japan 585 30 70 93 99 Northern Ireland 562 24 59 86 96 Belgium 549 10 50 89 99 Finland 545 12 49 85 98 England 542 18 49 78 93 Russia 542 13 47 82 97 United States 541 13 47 81 96 International 500 4 28 69 90
  10. 10. advanced high intermediate low South Korea grade eight mathematics average 613 47 77 93 99 Singapore 611 48 78 92 99 Taiwan 609 49 73 88 96 Hong Kong 586 34 71 89 97 Japan 570 27 61 87 97 Russia 539 14 47 78 95 Israel 516 12 40 68 87 Finland 514 4 30 73 96 United States 509 7 30 68 92 England 507 8 32 65 88 International 500 3 17 46 75
  11. 11. average advanced high intermediate low grade eight mathematics Singapore 611 48 78 92 99 Malaysia 440 2 12 36 65 Thailand 427 2 8 26 55 Indonesia 386 0 2 15 43 International 500 3 17 46 75
  12. 12. average advanced like math dislike math grade eight mathematics Singapore 611 48 32 23 Malaysia 440 2 39 15 Thailand 427 2 26 16 Indonesia 386 0 20 10 International 500 3 26 31
  13. 13. average advanced like math dislike math grade eight mathematics Singapore 611 48 32 23 South Korea 613 47 8 56 Taiwan 609 49 14 53 Hong Kong 586 34 19 37 Japan 570 27 9 53 International 500 3 26 31
  14. 14. 1982 Introduction of Singapore mathematics textbooks as they are known today. 1992 Introduction of ProblemSolving Curriculum 1997 Thinking Schools Learning Nation Mathematics is “an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence”. Ministry of Education Singapore 2006
  15. 15. examples Greenridge Primary School, Singapore
  16. 16. SEED Institute, Singapore Let’s Learn Fractions
  17. 17. St Gabriel’s Foudation, Thailand

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