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Experiencing Singapore MathExperiencing Singapore Math Newark East Brunswick Yeap Ban Har Marshall Cavendish Institute Singapore email@example.com Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
Experiencing Singapore Math Land 270 sq miles People introduction 4.7 million GDP per capita 1965 USD510 2010 USD43,300 in current USDJunyuan SecondarySchool, Singapore
General Overview of Singapore and its Education System
General Overview of Singapore and its Education System Students 500 000 Teachers 30 000 Principals & Vice-Principals 900 Schools 173 Primary Schools (Primary 1 – 6) 155 Secondary Schools (Secondary 1 – 4) 13 Junior Colleges (JC 1 – 2) Canossa Convent Primary 15 Mixed-Level Schools School, Singapore The data refers to 1-12 school system. Pre-school is not part of the formal education system. The data excludes post-secondary education system which includes institutes of technical education, polytechnics and universities.
High achievement was not a given. In1960, among 30 615 candidates whosat for the first Primary School LeavingExamination, 45% of the candidatespassed. Keon Ming Public School, Singapore
Experiencing Singapore Math 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 Japan Japan Japan Korea Korea Korea Hong Kong Singapore Hong Kong Hong Kong Singapore 400 Thailand Singapore Malaysia Malaysia Thailand Thailand Thailand The Philippines 300 Indonesia Indonesia The Philippines The PhilippinesReference: E. Hanusek, D. Jamison, E. Jamison & L. Woessmann (2008)
"Solving problems is central to mathematical proficiencyand is articulated to a varying degree across theinternational curricula. Singapore applies the highestdegree of specificity to it, placing it at the centre of allmathematical learning.“ Review of the National Curriculum in England Research Report UK Department for Education
Experiencing Singapore Math 1982Introduction of Singapore mathematics textbooks as they are known today. Mathematics is “an excellent vehicle for the development 1992 and improvement of a person’s Introduction of Problem- intellectual competence”. Solving Curriculum Ministry of Education Singapore 2006 1997 2001 Thinking Schools Introduction of textbooks published by Learning Nation private publishers and approved by Ministry of Education. 2007 New editions of textbooks are published with the introduction of the revised curriculum. Page 1
Experiencing Singapore Math Experiencing Singapore MathInitial Concrete Experiences & Building Conceptual Understanding Yeap Ban Har Marshall Cavendish Institute Singapore firstname.lastname@example.org Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
Experiencing Singapore Math Relational Understanding R Skemp what & how Concrete Introduction J BrunerJunyuan Secondary School,Singapore Page 08 Page 13
Experiencing Singapore Math Primary Mathematics (Third Edition)See Ho, S. Y. & Yeap, B. H. (2011). Development of Visualization Skills inSingapore Primary School Mathematics Textbooks. Paper presented at PME-35Angkara, Turkey.See also Yeap, B. H. (2011). The Emphasis of Primary-Level Textbooks inSingapore on Higher-Order Thinking Skills. Paper presented at InternationalConference on School Mathematics Textbooks Shanghai, China.
Experiencing Singapore MathVisuals are used toteach concepts –distributive property ofmultiplication – withoutusing formal terms. Primary Mathematics (Third Edition)