The teaching and learning of fractions span across the Singapore primary mathematics curriculum from Primary One to Primary Six. Currently, the teaching and learning of fraction division take place at Primary Five and Primary Six. The topic of fraction division has a chequered existence in the Singapore mathematics curriculum, reflecting the curriculum changes that have taken placed periodically over the years. The periodically reviewed syllabuses are reflected in the school textbooks as well. In the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), textbooks are viewed as mediators between general intentions stated in the syllabus and classroom instruction, they provide the links between aims and reality (Valverde, Bianchi, Wolfe, Schmidt & Houang, 2002). Liping Ma (1999) has also pointed out the crucial role of the textbook and teachers' manual in helping teachers to teach the concept with relational understanding. In this paper, we examine the history of fraction division in the Singapore mathematics curriculum and how the topic on Division of fractions is presented in the mathematics textbooks.
|Title of host publication||EARCOME|
|Subtitle of host publication||In Search of Excellence in Mathematics Education|
|Editors||K Hino K Hino|
|Place of Publication||Japan|
|Publisher||Japan Society of Mathematics Education|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education - Tokyo, Japan, Japan|
Duration: 18 Aug 2010 → 22 Aug 2010
|Conference||East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education|
|Period||18/08/10 → 22/08/10|
Koay, P. L., & Ho, S. Y. (2010). Fraction division in the Singapore mathematics curriculum. In K. H. K. Hino (Ed.), EARCOME: In Search of Excellence in Mathematics Education (pp. 583-590). Japan Society of Mathematics Education.