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A comparative study of teaching problem-solving in mathematics secondary schools in Malaysia and South Korea

Abdullah, Abdul Halim and Shin, Bomi and Abdul Kohar, Umar Haiyat and Ali, Dayana Farzeeha and Abu Samah, Norazrena and Mohamad Ashari, Zakiah (2020) A comparative study of teaching problem-solving in mathematics secondary schools in Malaysia and South Korea. In: 2019 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, TALE 2019, 8 - 11 April 2019, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TALE48000.2019.9226011


Mathematics problem-solving is an important skill that students must master in mathematics learning. Without these skills, students find it difficult to solve real-life problems. In this regard, researchers have been interested in the efficacy of problem-solving lessons because problem-solving is a major focus in mathematics education. International assessments such as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) that test students' problem-solving skills lead to benchmarking studies of problem-solving aspects with countries that have achieved outstanding results. This is a comparative study between Malaysia and South Korea on teaching mathematics problem-solving in secondary schools. A total of 51 South Korean mathematics teachers and 71 Malaysian mathematics teachers were involved in the study. These respondents participated in a survey, and three mathematics teachers from each country were interviewed to gain deeper insights into their teaching of mathematics problem-solving. Questionnaire and interview protocols were used as instruments in this study. The findings show many similarities in the teaching approaches for both countries. Malaysian and South Korean teachers use open-ended and students' daily life problems when teaching problem-solving skills in mathematics classes. Although the teachers use mathematics problems in textbooks or reference books, the level of difficulty in mathematics problems in South Korea is higher than in Malaysia. On top of that, the South Korean Ministry of Education has been focusing on problem-solving in mathematics much longer than the Malaysian curriculum, which began it the 6th curriculum.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Comparative Study, Malaysia
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
ID Code:92776
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 18:13
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