Summary and extended reading
In Week 3 of this course, we covered the following main points:
- You have explored the popular Singaporean mathematics education principle of the Bar Model method.
- You have seen several tasks that use the Bar Model method.
- You have had an opportunity to apply the Bar Model method to tasks from your own classroom practice.
Some suggestions for reading for this week are:
Kho, T. H., Yeo, S. M., & Fan, L. (2014). Model Method in Singapore primary mathematics textbooks. Paper presented at 2014 International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development. In Jones, K., Bokhove, C., Howson, G., & Fan, L. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development (ICMT-2014) (pp. 275–282). Southampton: University of Southampton, United Kingdom. link to the full proceedings
Ng, S. F., & Lee, K. (2009). The model method: Singapore children’s tool for representing and solving algebraic word problems. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 40(3), 282–313.
Next week, we will focus on how to sequence tasks to provide Variation. We will also discuss how learners can integrate tasks from the course into their own classroom practice.
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