Representation of problem-solving procedures: a comparative look at China, Singapore, and US mathematics textbooks


Fan, Lianghuo and Zhu, Yan (2007) Representation of problem-solving procedures: a comparative look at China, Singapore, and US mathematics textbooks. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 66, (1), 61-75. (doi:10.1007/s10649-006-9069-6).

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This study examined how selected school mathematics textbooks in China, Singapore, and USA at the lower secondary grade level represent problem-solving procedures. The analysis of problem-solving procedures was carried out in two layers – general strategies, which adopted Pólya’s four-stage problem-solving model, and specific strategies, which consisted of 17 different problem-solving heuristics such as ‘acting it out,’ ‘looking for a pattern,’ ‘working backwards,’ etc. Both similarities and differences in the representation of problem-solving procedures in the textbooks across the three countries were revealed and compared. The possible reasons for the similarities and especially for the differences were explored. Suggestions about how to improve the representation of problem-solving in mathematics textbooks were provided at the end of the study

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0013-1954 (print)
1573-0816 (electronic)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
ePrint ID: 168855
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 09:09
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:19
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/168855

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