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Nasution, Andrea Arifsyah; Lukito, Agung – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2015

In teaching proportion, the teachers usually give the students a formal formula, such as cross-multiplication, without providing them the meaning of proportionality. Thus, the students just apply it in order to solve proportional problems. However, it does not connote that they understand what proportionality means. In this paper, the authors…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills, Heuristics

Nam, Pham Sy; Stephens, Max – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2014

"Limit" is a difficult mathematical concept, even for good students. It is also a key foundational idea for the study of advanced mathematics. It holds a central position as a foundation of the theory of approximation, of continuity, and of differential and integral calculus. However, the difficulty for teachers is how to organise…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Constructivism (Learning), Concept Formation

Chow, Tuck-Choy F.; Treagust, David F. – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2013

The study involved evaluating the efficacy of a conceptual change instructional programme involving cognitive conflict in (1) facilitating form 2 (grade 8) students' understanding of algebra concepts, and (2) assessing changes in students' attitudes towards learning mathematics, in a mixed quantitative-qualitative research design. The…

Descriptors: Concept Formation, Cognitive Processes, Conflict, Grade 8

Chinnappan, Mohan; Desplat, Bethany – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2012

The teaching of mathematics for the development of numeracy is emerging to be an important goal of recent reforms. In broad terms, numeracy involves the application of mathematical concepts and procedures in the understanding and solution of a range of problems including real-life problems. Teaching for numeracy, thus calls for skills in…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Chan, Chun Ming Eric; Ng, Kit Ee Dawn; Widjaja, Wanty; Seto, Cynthia – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2012

Mathematical modelling is increasingly becoming part of an instructional approach deemed to develop students with competencies to function as 21st century learners and problem solvers. As mathematical modelling is a relatively new domain in the Singapore primary school mathematics curriculum, many teachers may not be aware of the learning outcomes…

Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Mathematics Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Problem Solving

Wijaya, Ariyadi; Doorman, L. Michiel; Keijze, Ronald – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2011

In this paper, we describe the way in which traditional Indonesian games can support the learning of linear measurement. Previous research has revealed that young children tend to perform measurement as an instrumental procedure. This tendency may be due to the way in which linear measurement has been taught as an isolated concept, which is…

Descriptors: Measurement, Grade 2, Indonesian, Mathematical Concepts

Bautista, Debbie; Mulligan, Joanne; Mitchelmore, Michael – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2009

Young Filipino children are expected to solve mathematical word problems in English, a task which they typically encounter only in schools. In this exploratory study, task-based interviews were conducted with seven Filipino children from a public school. The children were asked to read and solve addition and subtraction word problems in English or…

Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Word Problems (Mathematics), Subtraction, English (Second Language)

Cyclical Nature of Problem-Solving Process: Case Study of Trainees in a Teachers' Training Institute

Yong, Koay Chen; Saleh, Fatimah – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2008

This study explores the mathematical problem-solving process of trainee teachers in a teachers' training institute. This research adopts a constructivist perspective that views learning mathematics as a process of constructing meaningful representation and knowledge as being constructed by the individual. The research methodology employs the case…

Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Protocol Analysis, Problem Solving, Trainees

Yee, Ng Kin; Lam, Toh Tin – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2008

This paper reports on students' errors in performing integration of rational functions, a topic of calculus in the pre-university mathematics classrooms. Generally the errors could be classified as those due to the students' weak algebraic concepts and their lack of understanding of the concept of integration. With the students' inability to link…

Descriptors: Calculus, Misconceptions, Mathematics Instruction, College Students

Widjaja, Wanty; Stacey, Kaye; Steinle, Vicki – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2008

Extensive studies have documented various difficulties with, and misconceptions about, decimal numeration across different levels of education. This paper reports on pre-service teachers' misconceptions about the density of decimals. Written test data from 140 Indonesian pre-service teachers, observation of group and classroom discussions provided…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Number Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education

Ling, Gan We; Ghazali, Munirah – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2007

This descriptive study was aimed at looking into how Primary 5 pupils solve pre-algebra problems concerning patterns and unknown quantities. Specifically, objectives of this study were to describe Primary 5 pupils' solution strategies, modes of representations and justifications in: (a) discovering, describing and using numerical and geometrical…

Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Word Problems (Mathematics), Algebra, Mathematics Instruction

Henry, Collette; Soyibo, Kola – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2006

This study was designed to find out if (a) the level of performance of selected Jamaican preservice primary teachers on perimeter, area and area-perimeter was satisfactory; (b) there were significant differences in their performance on each of the three concepts based on their gender, cohort, age and mathematical abilities; and (c) there were…

Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Demography

Kiew, Su Ding; Sam, Hong Kian – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2006

In this study, the researchers developed the Web-based Probability Explorer (WPE), a mathematical microworld and investigated the effectiveness of the microworld's constructivist learning environment in enhancing the learning of probability and improving students' attitudes toward mathematics. This study also determined the students' satisfaction…

Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Foreign Countries, Probability, Internet

Chinnappan, Mohan – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2004

The quality of knowledge underlying students' algebraic thinking is a major concern of K-12 mathematics teaching and reform-driven curriculum documents. In this paper the author examines this issue by characterizing a group of high school students' algebraic knowledge and patterns of use of that knowledge during the solution of selected problems.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Secondary School Mathematics, Graphs

Nik Pa, Nik Azis – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1988

Investigates the ways children used their schemes of fractions to interpret fraction situations. Records clinical interviews with nine children (grades three through five). Reports that children do not establish relationships among different schemes when giving meaning to a given situation. (Author/YP)

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Concept Formation, Elementary School Mathematics, Fractions

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