CRICED University of Tsukuba

筑波大学教育開発国際協力研究センター Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development

SEAMEO School Network from CRICED-University of Tsukuba

Mathematical Thinking IV: Problem Solving Approach for Lower Primary Level (Grades 1-3)



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Course Content, Registration and Certifications

 It is a free program on SEAMEO priority areas #5 for ʻRevitalizing Teacher Educationʼ and #7 for ʻAdopting 21st Century Curriculumʼ. CRICED, University of Tsukuba, Japan, provides the certifications to participants at the end of the course.
 Each online lecture will be provided on a consecutive sequence based on the course roadmap. Participants cannot skip any lesson because each lesson uses ideas which were already discussed. At the end of each lesson, participants need to do a short questionnaire for knowing how the lessons worked. Only participants that answer the questionnaire will receive the URL for the next lecture. The feedback from participants is used for evaluation of the program and attendance confirmation, but not as an evaluation of the participants.


Lesson / Link Title
Lesson 1
Part Ⅳ Lesson 1. Open Approach & Inquiry-based Investigation to Learn New Ideas
Lesson 2
Part Ⅳ Lesson 2. Problem Solving Approach and Task Sequencing
Lesson 3
Part Ⅳ Lesson 3. Dialectic Approach & Analysing Misconception of Ideas
Lesson 4
Part Ⅳ Lesson 4. How to Utilize Various Teaching Approaches

Institutions represented by invited speakers

This program was successfully developed through the collaboration of invited guests, participants and supporters. Prof./PhD. Isoda, Masami, Director of CRICED, who developed the content of this program, deeply acknowledges their collaboration. In this program, Dr. Isoda used SEABES CCRLS for curriculum designers which was published by CRICED and SEAMEO RECSAM, and the English Edition of the Japanese Textbook which was published by Gakko Tosho.

Invited Guests:
Teh Kim Hong (SEAMEO-RECSAM, Malaysia)
Nguyen Chi Thanh (Vietnam National University-University of Education, Hanoi, Vietnam)
Aida Yap (UP-NISMED, Philippines)
Wahid Yunianto (SEAMEO-QUITEP, Indonesia)
Maitree Inprasitha (Vice President of Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Narumon Changsri (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Nisakorn Boonsena (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Auijit Pattanajak (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Raimundo Olfos (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso)
Soledad Estrella (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso)
Marcela Santillan (Universidad Pedagogica Nacional)
Yuriko Yamamoto Baldin (Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil)

Wahyudi (Deputy Director of SEAMEO Secretariat)
Shah Jahan bin Assanarkutty (Director of SEAMEO Secretariat)
Sumardyono (Director of SEAMEO Qitep in Mathematics)
Weerawan Theeraroungchaisri (SEAMEO Secretariat)

Web developer:
Yoneyama Takafumi (CRICED)

and all the Participants

This program was developed by using JSPS grant number 19H01662 for Isoda, Masami PhD. All rights reserved. This program used English Edition of Japanese textbook 'Study with your friends: Mathematics for elementary school', edited by Masami Isoda and Aki Murata, published from Gakko Tosho. Gakko Tosho has the copyright of the textbook. Dr. Isoda acknowledges its allowance to use for this program.

1. Textbook 'Study with your firends: Mathematict for Elementary School'
Participants who would like to know the English Edition of Japanese textbook which was used in this program, please visit the following site: . In the world, the following language editions are available: Thai edition, Mexican Edition, Papua New Guinea Edition, Chilian Edition and Indonesian Edition (the order is the year of publication). These editions have been published under projects by each government for their own country. If any country would like to collaborate on textbook development, please contact CRICED.
2. SEABES-CCRLS and Mathematics Challenges series
SEABES-CCRLS is a book for curriculum designers published by SEAMEO RECSAM and CRICED. Mathematics Challenges series are exercise books for teacher education under SEABES-CCRLS.
3. Isoda & Olfos (2021). Teaching Multiplication with Lesson Study. Springer
It is an Open-Access book (free) which includes the explanation of Japanese Approach. It is the revision of the Spanish Edition and the addition of 10 years' progress.
4. Inprashita, Isoda, Wang-Iverson, & Yeap (2015).Lesson Study: Challenges in Mathematics Education. World Scientific
It explains various perspectives of Lesson Study which includes Japanese Approach. Korean edition also exists.
5. Isoda & Katagiri (2012). Mathematical Thinking: How to Develop it in the Classroom. World Scientific
It is English Edition of Katagiri's theory of mathematical thinking which originated in the 1960s and translated by Isoda. The introductory chapter is the explanation of Japanese teaching approaches by Isoda. Korean Edition of the theory also exists.

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