At Erikson Institute's first International Symposium on Early Mathematics Education, Dr. Ban Har Yeap, assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, explains the core competencies and philosophy at the foundation of the world's highest-ranking mathematics education program.
Ban Har Yeap
Ban Har Yeap is an assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He trains mathematics teachers and provides graduate courses in mathematical problem solving, lesson study, geometrical thinking and early childhood mathematics. A former classroom teacher, he is the author of a kindergarten textbook series for the state of California.
City (pop., 2005 est.: 4,291,000), capital of the Republic of Singapore. A free port centred on the southern part of Singapore island, it so dominates the island that the republic is now commonly considered a city-state. Known as the Garden City for its many parks and tree-lined streets, it offers glimpses into the cultures brought to it by immigrants from all parts of Asia. It was traditionally founded by a Shrivijayan prince and was an important Malay city in the 13th century. Destroyed by the Javanese in the 14th century, it was refounded by Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company in 1819. It became the capital of the Straits Settlements in 1833 and developed as a port and naval base; today it is one of the world's great commercial centres. Its thriving banking, insurance, and brokerage firms make it the chief trading and financial centre of Southeast Asia. It is home to the National University of Singapore (1980).
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He talks about teaching mathematics to children; for high school or above, Tufte makes good reading and his books point out the importance of visualization, connections, and communication among adults.