Book review. Windows on mathematics education research in mainland China: a thematic review

Jones, Keith (2008) Book review. Windows on mathematics education research in mainland China: a thematic review. Research in Mathematics Education, 10, (1), 107-113. (doi:10.1080/14794800801917141).


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This thematic review examines three recent books that provide insight into the practice of mathematics education research in mainland China. Across the various research studies reported in these books, there is a clear focus on both the design of the mathematics curriculum and on forms of mathematics pedagogy. Curriculum change is clearly a major concern, as is, in terms of pedagogy, what is entailed by the “two basics” and the idiom that “practice makes perfect”. Developing pedagogy is also a key concern, with reports of studies of experiments in teaching probability, in using different mathematical representations, and in teaching using “real-life” problems. Sensitivity to local cultures is also evident, with a consideration of urban and rural settings, and of regional settings such as major cities like Shanghai and regions like Tibet. Together, this set of books provides unparalleled insights into the concerns of mathematics educators in mainland China. As such, the books are an invaluable resource, not only as a window on mathematics educators in mainland China but also, crucially, as a mirror in which to reflect on approaches and concerns in other countries around the world.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/14794800801917141
Additional Information: The pagination of this page proof is the same as the published version.
ISSNs: 1479-4802 (print)
1754-0178 (electronic)
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Keywords: teaching, learning, pedagogy, curriculum, mathematics, mathematical, theory, understanding, China
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics, Science & Health Education (MSHE)
ePrint ID: 50743
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March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:28

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