Fraction division in the Singapore mathematics curriculum

Phong Lee Koay, Siew Yin Ho

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEARCOME
    Subtitle of host publicationIn Search of Excellence in Mathematics Education
    EditorsK Hino K Hino
    Place of PublicationJapan
    PublisherJapan Society of Mathematics Education
    Pages583-590
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventEast Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education - Tokyo, Japan, Japan
    Duration: 18 Aug 201022 Aug 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceEast Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education
    CountryJapan
    Period18/08/1022/08/10

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    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.