Sunday, August 18, 2013

Reflection 4 - August, 2013

For this fourth session, we revisit the ways the children learn about Mathematics and Richard Skemp who is pioneer in Mathematics Education who first integrated the disciplines of mathematics, education and psychology.

Children learn mathematical skills through:
  • Visualization
  • Patterning
  • Number sense
  • Metacognition

Richard Skemp:
  • Instrumental Understanding – to know how to do a specific task quickly.
  • Relational Understanding - can relate to what one know before, explore further, more concerned with the process
  • Conventional Understanding – understand the meaning behind.

  • Systematic variation - experience variation through, for example, concrete tools, multiple representation of a concept

What have I learnt for this fourth session?
  • Ways  in which children learn Mathematics
  • Richard Skemp’s theory on understanding Mathematics
  • Reinforcement on the approaches of teaching Mathematics to Children:

  1. Scaffold, role model, explore
  2. Concrete, pictorial, abstract
  3. Systematic variation 

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