
06643711
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2016f.00971
Spencer, Ruth
Fielding, Helen
Using the Singapore bar model to support the interpretation and understanding of word problems in key stage 2.
Adams, G. (ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). Vol. 35, No. 3. Proceedings of the day conference, University of Reading, UK, November 7, 2015. London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). 114119 (2016).
2016
London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
EN
F92
D52
F32
F42
primary education
junior school
educational research
word problems
bar modelling
problem solving
learning problems
visualisation
fractions
money
division
gender differences
http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/IPs/ip353/BSRLMIP35320.pdf
Summary: The research project was conducted in a large junior school where children, normally confident with calculation, experience difficulties with the interpretation of word problems. The Singapore Bar model was chosen to provide a clear visual representation in order to support all children identifying the underlying structure of word problems, and would hopefully narrow the gap between the genders. The areas in which it was most commonly used were problems involving fractions, 2step money problems and division. It was found that children valued the model more in areas of mathematics that were difficult and new to them, and where they felt less confident.