The Singapore Model Method for Learning Mathematics
This monograph serves as a resource book on the Model Method.
The main purpose is to make explicit how the Model Method is used to develop students’ understanding of fundamental mathematics concepts and
proficiency in solving basic mathematics word problems. Through the construction of a pictorial model to represent the known and unknown
quantities and their relationships in a problem, students gain better understanding of the problem and develop their abilities in mathematical thinking
and problem solving. This will provide a strong foundation for the learning of mathematics from the primary to secondary levels and beyond.
This monograph also features the Mathematics Framework of the Singapore
mathematics curriculum and discusses the changes that it has undergone over the past two decades. These changes reflected the changing emphases,
needs and challenges in the mathematics curriculum as we entered the 21st century.
The monograph is organized into seven chapters.
- Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Mathematics Framework and the
Model Method as key features of the Singapore mathematics curriculum.
- Chapter 2 highlights the evolution of the Mathematics Framework over the last
- Chapter 3 and 4 illustrate the use of pictorial models in the development of
the concepts of the four operations as well as fractions, ratios and percentages.
- Chapter 5 explains and discusses how the Model Method is used for solving structurally complex word problems at the primary level.
- Chapter 6 illustrates how the Model Method can be integrated with the
algebraic method to formulate algebraic equations for solving problems.
- Chapter 7 concludes the monograph by discussing some perspectives of problem solving
that account for the success of the Model Method and the connection between the Model Method and the algebraic method.
Above is an extract from The Singapore Model Method for Learning Mathematics (reproduced with the permission of the publishers).
This book is a valuable resource for anyone wanting a general overview of the Model Method that includes examples covering all levels of Primary Mathematics for grades 3 – 6, where it is primarily used, as well as ideas for how to use the Model Method to help students visualize and conceptualize a problem so that they can formulate an algebraic expression to solve it.