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Critical review of geometry in current textbooks in lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK

Critical review of geometry in current textbooks in lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK
Critical review of geometry in current textbooks in lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK
This paper reports on an initial analysis of current best-selling textbooks for lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK (specifically Scotland) using an analytic framework derived from the study of the textbooks in the “Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study” (TIMSS). Our analysis indicates that, following the specification of the mathematics curriculum in these countries, Japanese textbooks set out to develop students’ deductive reasoning skills through the explicit teaching of proof in geometry, whereas comparative UK textbooks tend, at this level, to concentrate on finding angles, measurement, drawing, and so on, coupled with a modicum of opportunities for conjecturing and inductive reasoning.
pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, geometry, mathematics, Japan, Japanese, UK, England, Scotland, geometric, geometrical, textbook, deductive reasoning, proof, conjecturing, inductive reasoning, school
0771100X
p.220
PME
Fujita, Taro
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Jones, Keith
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Pateman, N. A.
Dougherty, B. J.
Zilliox, J.
Fujita, Taro
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Jones, Keith
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Pateman, N. A.
Dougherty, B. J.
Zilliox, J.

Fujita, Taro and Jones, Keith, (2003) Critical review of geometry in current textbooks in lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK Pateman, N. A., Dougherty, B. J. and Zilliox, J. (eds.) In Proceedings 27th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. PME., p.220.

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Abstract

This paper reports on an initial analysis of current best-selling textbooks for lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK (specifically Scotland) using an analytic framework derived from the study of the textbooks in the “Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study” (TIMSS). Our analysis indicates that, following the specification of the mathematics curriculum in these countries, Japanese textbooks set out to develop students’ deductive reasoning skills through the explicit teaching of proof in geometry, whereas comparative UK textbooks tend, at this level, to concentrate on finding angles, measurement, drawing, and so on, coupled with a modicum of opportunities for conjecturing and inductive reasoning.

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Published date: 2003
Additional Information: A fuller version of this paper is available as: Fujita, T. and Jones, K. (2002) Opportunities for the development of geometrical reasoning in current textbooks in the UK and Japan. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 22, (3), 79-84. http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/14684/
Venue - Dates: PME27, United States, 2003-07-13 - 2003-07-18
Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, geometry, mathematics, Japan, Japanese, UK, England, Scotland, geometric, geometrical, textbook, deductive reasoning, proof, conjecturing, inductive reasoning, school
Organisations: Mathematics, Science & Health Education

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Local EPrints ID: 41266
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41266
ISBN: 0771100X
PURE UUID: aa7e5111-beeb-4771-afae-40ff2d9bafe0
ORCID for Keith Jones: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3677-8802

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Date deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:31

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Author: Taro Fujita
Author: Keith Jones ORCID iD
Editor: N. A. Pateman
Editor: B. J. Dougherty
Editor: J. Zilliox

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