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Welcome to the course

This course is designed for teachers and educators who are interested in learning more about how maths is taught in these highest-performing education systems in Asia, with a focus on Singapore and Shanghai.

We will explore the reasons behind the success of these education systems, and you will gain insight into the best-known Asian maths teaching approaches with primary school-aged children. We hope this course will help you to use these approaches in your school. We will regularly ask you to complete some tasks, after which we then discuss solutions and strategies.

This course is the second of two we have developed for you. Our first course, World Class Maths: Asian teaching methods is sometimes referred to as Course A. This provides an overview of Asian maths pedagogies.

To make things easier, we sometimes refer to this course as Course B. It will focus more on practical skills and techniques with more classroom-based examples used in Asian maths teaching. However, please note, that as we want learners to be able to take this course independently as well, there is some overlap in content.

About FutureLearn courses

This may be the first course that you have undertaken on FutureLearn, or perhaps it is the first course you have taken online. Don’t worry: the platform is designed to be easy to navigate. You can learn whenever and wherever you like, on any desktop, mobile or tablet device. You will be learning by watching videos with leading academics, as well as reading teaching material, attempting quizzes or tests, and taking part in discussions. The course is structured into 4 weeks. Each week contains a number of activities, and activities are divided into steps.

Comments and discussions

Learning from conversations is an important part of the FutureLearn approach. You will learn from discussions with other people taking part in the course. You can read their comments and respond with your own thoughts, on nearly all steps. On some steps there will be a more structured discussion. Sometimes you will be taken outside the platform. For example, as part of a discussion where you can add items to a discussion ‘collage’, you will be directed to a ‘padlet’. You can open these links in a new window by right-clicking on the link and choosing ‘open in a new window’.

Mark as complete

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the pink ‘Mark as complete’ button at the bottom. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of which steps you have done.

Be an active participant

We will provide you with numerous resources. What can you do to be an ideal active learner? Among other things, you can: watch videos, participate in interactive tasks, participate in online discussions, complete quizzes and complete directed readings (some are optional). Last but not least, you can be reflective, linking what is covered in the course to your own work. Be critical, as we never learn from others blindly and without our own reflection.

This course references numerous resources. All core content is easily accessible, but please be aware that some extra reading articles that are referenced, might be behind a paywall. However, articles can often be found by looking up the author(s). Some steps have documents that include more than the task at hand; we have decided to do this so the position and context of the task remained intact.

Research during the course

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World Class Maths: Asian Teaching Practice

Macmillan Education