Teaching Simultaneous Linear Equations: A Case of Realistic Ambitious Pedagogy

  • Yew Hoong LeongEmail author
  • Eng Guan Tay
  • Khiok Seng Quek
  • Sook Fwe Yap
Part of the Mathematics Education – An Asian Perspective book series (MATHEDUCASPER)


In this chapter, we present a conceptualisation of mathematics teaching and learning which we term realistic ambitious pedagogy. We locate this pedagogy within the domains of teaching goals and teaching enactment, and the interactions between them. We argue that it is a suitable pedagogy for use in teacher development enterprises because it takes into deliberate consideration the realistic constraints within which teachers work while pursuing ambitious goals of mathematics teaching. To illustrate, we provide an example taken from our work of redesigning a curriculum unit on simultaneous linear equations in two variables with some Year 8 mathematics teachers in Singapore.


Realistic ambitious pedagogy Teaching goals Teacher professional development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yew Hoong Leong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eng Guan Tay
    • 1
  • Khiok Seng Quek
    • 1
  • Sook Fwe Yap
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of EducationSingaporeSingapore

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