- Series: Studies in Mathematical Thinking and Learning Series
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 3, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805829091
- ISBN-13: 978-0805829099
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States (Studies in Mathematical Thinking and Learning Series) 1st Edition
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This book is a bit dry to get through, but the material itself is excellent. The reviewer who gave the book one star - I don't think you understand how research is planned. You cannot take all variables into account. It just isn't possible. For the scope of the work, Ma's work is right on. I suppose Ma could have surveyed the teachers about their attitudes towards math, expectations on useage of math in the real world, etc. But that's not her field! Other people are doing research on that already!
This excerpt from an editorial review of an entirely different book (The Teaching Gap) but summarizes Liping Ma's research nicely... "American teachers... tend to emphasize terms and procedures, thinking of math as a set of tedious skills... In contrast, [Chinese] teachers are more likely to emphasize ideas, expecting the concepts alone to stir students' natural curiosity."
It doesn't matter what field you are teaching, teaching a "procedural understanding" is like giving the students a fish; it will feed them for a day... a "conceptual understanding" will feed them for a lifetime...
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This book is a product of a thesis on comparison of the thinking patterns of teachers in USA and China who work with maths.Read more