A Small-Scale Study on Bruneian Secondary School Teachers’ Perception of Mathematics Learning

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It is widely accepted that the way teachers perceive mathematics will impact on the nature of teaching, assessment and thus learning that students experience (Wyatt-Smith, 1995). At the same time, educators around the world acknowledged the importance of mathematical thinking, communication and assessment in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The emphasis on mathematical thinking and communication makes teachers wonder how students should be assessed in order to determine their understanding. A small-scale study was conducted around June/July, 2008, where student-teachers (with major and minor in mathematics) were sent to schools for a “teaching assistantship” programme. They were exposed to the normal routine of teachers at school and learning environment while they observed and assisted teachers in classrooms around Brunei for six weeks. The student-teachers distributed questionnaires to all mathematics teachers at the secondary school they were based and 300 copies were returned. The survey questionnaires’ purpose was to determine teachers’ perception on mathematical thinking, communication and assessment assessment in general and alternative assessment in particular. The result and discussion that follows focus on teachers’ perception of the importance of mathematical thinking, communication and assessment in mathematics classroom. The difference between male and female teachers’ perceptions were also investigated.


Keywords: Mathematics Learning, Mathematics Assessment, Mathematical Thinking, Communication in Mathematics
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Madihah Khalid

Lecturer, Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Muara, Brunei Darussalam

I am a teacher educator in Mathematics education currently working at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. I have more than 20 years of experience in teaching mathematics at secondary and tertiary level, teacher education as well as technical education. My area of interest is in effective teaching and learning of mathematics, teachers professional development, misconception in mathematics in both elementary and secondary level.

Ref: L09P1359