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How Chinese Teach Mathematics and Improve Teaching

1st Edition

Edited by Yeping Li, Rongjin Huang


246 pages

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How Chinese Teach Mathematics and Improve Teaching builds upon existing studies to examine mathematics classroom instruction in China. It combines contributions from Chinese scholars with commentary from key Western scholars to offer a truly systematic examination of some important and distinctive features of mathematics classroom instruction. Viewing classroom instruction as part of teachers’ instructional practices, this book goes beyond teachers’ in-classroom instructional practice by also examining Chinese teachers’ approaches and practices in developing and improving teaching. Through this unique approach, How Chinese Teach Mathematics and Improve Teaching expands and unpacks the otherwise fragmented knowledge about Chinese practices in developing and carrying out mathematics classroom instruction.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction and perspectives

Chapter 1: Examining and understanding how Chinese teach mathematics: An introduction

Chapter 2: Knowing and understanding mathematics teaching in China from a historical perspective

Chapter 3: Teaching and learning “two basics”

Part II: Chinese teachers’ regular practices for developing and improving classroom instruction


Chapter 4: Developing classroom instruction through collaborations in school-based Teaching Research activities

Chapter 5: Knowing and understanding instructional mathematics content through intensive studies of textbooks

Chapter 6: A study on mathematics teachers’ lesson planning

Part III: Mathematical instruction practices and classroom environment in China


Chapter 7: Mathematics bianshi curriculum and classroom teaching

Chapter 8: Instructional coherence of a mathematics lesson: the story from the learners’ perspectives

Chapter 9: Traditional and innovative mathematics classroom instruction: case studies

Chapter 10: Mathematics classroom environment in Chinese mainland

Part IV: Selected approaches and practices for improving the quality of teachers and teaching


Chapter 11: Improving classroom instruction with apprenticeship practices and public lesson development as contexts

Chapter 12: Pursuing and promoting classroom instruction improvement through exemplary lesson development

Chapter 13: Identifying and promoting classroom instruction excellence through teaching contests

Part V: Commentary and conclusion

Chapter 14: Commentary 1

Chapter 15: Commentary 2

About the Editors

Yeping Li is Professor of Mathematics Education, holder of the Claude H. Everett, Jr. Endowed Chair in Education, and Head of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University, USA.

Rongjin Huang is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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Studies in Mathematical Thinking and Learning Series

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