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Causapin, Mark – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2016

This paper expands the scope of typical quantitative studies on mathematics self-efficacy by including a short ethnography of the students' daily classroom experiences. It attempts to provide a "thicker description" and a context in which these beliefs could be interpreted. Using both qualitative and quantitative sets of data, it is…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy, Mathematics Achievement

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

Lam, Toh Tin; Guan, Tay Eng; Seng, Quek Khiok; Hoong, Leong Yew; Choon, Toh Pee; Him, Ho Foo; Jaguthsing, Dindyal – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2014

This paper reports an innovative approach to teaching problem solving in secondary school mathematics classrooms based on a specifically designed problem-solving module.This approach adopts the science practical paradigm and rides on the works of Polya and Schoenfeld in order to give greater emphasis to the problem solving processes. We report the…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Early Adolescents

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

Cheng, Lu Pien – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2013

In this paper the teachers' learning journey on designing a mathematics problem that involves a real-life context is reported. This is part of a larger project undertaken in a primary school in Singapore where the teachers were engaged in planning, observing and critiquing mathematics lessons to investigate teaching and learning. These unique…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Relevance (Education), Young Children

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

Kissane, Barry; Kemp, Marian – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2012

Technology has become a major force in developing curricula and educational practice in mathematics education internationally. While many technologies are important in affluent developed countries, the hand-held calculator continues to be the technology most likely to be available to students when and where they need it. Modern calculators have…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Developing Nations, Calculators, Mathematics Instruction

Hudson, Peter; Matthews, Kelly – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2012

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas in university settings; however this may be the result of attitude rather than aptitude. There is widespread agreement that quantitative problem-solving is essential for graduate competence and preparedness in science and other STEM subjects. The research…

Descriptors: Females, Student Attitudes, Statistical Significance, Males

Napaphun, Vishnu – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2012

Trends in the curriculum reform propose that algebra should be taught throughout the grades, starting in elementary school. The aim should be to decrease the discontinuity between the arithmetic in elementary school and the algebra in upper grades. This study was conducted to investigate and characterise upper elementary school students…

Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Arithmetic, Algebra, Curriculum Development

Groves, Susie – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2012

It has long been recognised that successful mathematical learning comprises much more than just knowledge of skills and procedures. For example, Skemp (1976) identified the advantages of teaching mathematics for what he referred to as "relational" rather than "instrumental" understanding. More recently, Kilpatrick, Swafford and…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods

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

Pierce, Robyn; Stacey, Kaye – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2011

In this paper we demonstrate that "lesson study" may be adapted from its primary use as a professional development strategy for use as a research strategy, especially to identify principles of good lesson design. We report on a project undertaken in two Australian secondary schools where lesson study research was used to investigate the…

Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Professional Development, Secondary Education, Foreign Countries

Lew, Hee-Chan; Son, Hong-Chan – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2011

The objective of the present study is to describe how students discover rules underlying a certain phenomenon under question and the process in which they mathematically justify such discovery by way of utilizing tables and graphs in the use of the cell reference function of spreadsheets when a problem is not easily solved through simple symbol…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Negative Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Grade 10

Widjaja, Wanty; Dolk, Maarten; Fauzan, Ahmad – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2010

This paper discusses results from a design research in line with Realistic Mathematics Education (RME). Daily cycles of design, classroom experiments, and retrospective analysis are enacted in five days of working about division by fractions. Data consists of episodes of video classroom discussions, and samples of students' work. The focus of…

Descriptors: Video Technology, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills

White, Allan Leslie – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 2010

Newman (1977, 1983) defined five specific literacy and numeracy skills as crucial to performance on mathematical word problems: reading, comprehension, transformation, process skills, and encoding. Newman's Error Analysis (NEA) provided a framework for considering the reasons that underlay the difficulties students experienced with mathematical…

Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Word Problems (Mathematics)