Dr Choy Ban Heng Presents at International Conference of Joint Societies for Mathematics Education in Seoul
Friday, 23 March 2018
Dr Choy Ban Heng, Assistant Professor at NIE’s Mathematics & Mathematics Education Academic Group presented at the 2017 International Conference of Joint Societies for Mathematics Education: Future Directions and Issues in Mathematics Education. It was held at the Seoul National University in South Korea from 8 – 10 December 2017.
His presentation titled “An Approach To Use Typical Problems: Harnessing Variations” was about how completing the curriculum and preparing students to sit for examinations are key concerns for Mathematics teachers, and while there has been substantial focus on using rich, open-ended and challenging mathematical tasks, they commonly use a “teacher-centred” teaching with the use of examination-type questions to develop procedural skills (Ho & Hedberg, 2005).
This study focused on the following research questions: (1) What affordances do teachers perceive in typical problems, and (2) How do teachers use typical problems in the classroom to enhance students’ learning? In his presentation, Dr Choy described how an experienced teacher John, used typical problems to develop both procedural skills and conceptual understanding by harnessing the idea of teaching with variations.
This presentation arose from “Portraits of Teacher Noticing during Orchestration of Learning Experiences in the Mathematics Classrooms”, an MOE funded project managed by the Office of Education Research.