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What really matters to students? A comparison between Hong Kong and Singapore mathematics lessons. (English)
Kaur, Berinderjeet (ed.) et al., Student voice in mathematics classrooms around the world. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (ISBN 978-94-6209-349-2/hbk; 978-94-6209-348-5/pbk; 978-94-6209-350-8/ebook). The Learner’s Perspective Study 4, 189-208 (2013).
From the introduction: Drawing on student interview data from one Singapore class and one Hong Kong class, the authors aim to compare student perspectives of their lessons in Singapore and Hong Kong respectively. In earlier studies, independent analysis found that these students were very positive about their learning. In this present study we explore the pertinent features that are important from students’ perspectives, and seek answers for the following two research questions: { indent=4mm\item{(i)} What are the similarities and/or differences between Hong Kong and Singapore students’ perceptions about what is important in their mathematics lessons? \item{(ii)} What are the similarities and/or differences between Hong Kong and Singapore students’ perceptions about what are characteristics of good mathematics teaching? } In the following section we will give a brief literature review for why students’ voices and perceptions are important for learning and a review of recent studies on student voices and perceptions of their learning. This will be followed by the background of methodology of the current study in the context of the learner’s perspective study and the method of analysis. The results will be reported in separate sections for the Hong Kong lessons and the Singapore lessons respectively, followed with a summary of comparison.
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