Singapore Mathematics and Algebraic Approach in Problem Solving

AUTHORS

Efren S. Tellermo, Genesis G. Camarista

ABSTRACT

This descriptive experimental research was conducted to determine the effect
of Singapore Mathematics (SM) approach on the problem-solving ability of
the fourth year students. Pre-test and post-test were utilized as instruments
of this study. The means and standard deviations were computed for the
descriptive analysis and the t-test for independent samples and t-test for
dependent samples were used for inferential analyses. The findings showed
that the students in both groups had a low performance in Math as indicated
in the pre-test. Significant difference was noted in the post-treatment
performance of the two groups, in favor of the experimental group. Significant
differences were also noted between the pre- and post-treatment performance
of each group. However, the experimental group has a better mean gain. With
the aid of drawings, models or even real objects, students can see the visual
representation of the problem’s situation, leading to their better understanding
and analysis of the problem. Mathematics teachers are encouraged to develop
students’ critical and logical thinking through problem-solving, to expose
students to various strategies to make every Mathematics class lively and to
elicit students’ maximum participation.