Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Forum 2 : Discussion issues on the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum

Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera.

This preliminary study attempts to compare the Malaysian Secondary Mathematics (MSM) curriculum published in 2003. The study aims to examine the math content and the level at which the content is introduced between the two countries. The results from the study indicated that there is a need for Malaysia Mathematics Curriculum to be revised in order to enable students to have literacy in mathematics and the ability to apply mathematics into other disciplines at higher level.

Students follow a common curriculum through the implementation of the Integrated Secondary School Curriculum (ISSC, popularly known as the KBSM). The current curriculum is review in 2001 where the language of instructions is English and the emphasise are on the five principles of learning Mathematics namely, problem solving, mathematical communication, making connection, reasoning and the use of technology. The five principles are adopted from the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The KBSM mathematics framework provides a set of broad learning outcomes that summarize the knowledge, skills and understanding, values and attitudes essential for all students to succeed in and beyond their schooling. In KBSM, all students in lower secondary regardless of ability and achievement take the same mathematics curriculum.

In conclusion, there are some limitations to this study due to shortage of depth of the topics covered. It is important to study each topic through mathematics text book in both country for the details. Further, the actual practice on time spent teaching mathematics should also be taken into account and compared. Another issue in the study is the stages or age the use of computers and calculators are introduced in both countries.

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