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Mathematics Education in Different Cultural Traditions- A Comparative Study of East Asia and the West

The 13th ICMI Study

Editors: Leung, Frederick Koon-Shing, Graf, Klaus-D., Lopez-Real, Francis J. (Eds.)

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About this book

In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest concerning international comparisons of mathematics education, stimulated in part by large-scale studies such as TIMSS and PISA. However, many educators have felt that the analysis of such comparisons requires a deep understanding of the underlying cultural and social factors involved, and this perspective led to the 13th ICMI Study Conference being convened to consider the issues. Because of the impossible complexity of trying to cover all different cultural traditions worldwide it was decided to focus on two significant traditions, broadly speaking East Asia and the West. This important volume is the outcome of the ICMI Study.

The volume covers a very wide field including the contexts of mathematics education, the curriculum, teaching and learning, and teachers’ values and beliefs. Within these broad parameters some of the particular cross-cultural issues that are discussed include intuition and logical reasoning, influences of Confucianism and Ancient Greek traditions, basic skills and process abilities, learners’ perspectives, assessment practices, text books and ICT multimedia.

Throughout the book emphasis is placed on uncovering and understanding differences and similarities, not just between these two major traditions but within the cultures themselves. Simplistic analyses or solutions are avoided and the authors demonstrate a cultural sensitivity that results in a collaborative, rather than competitive, spirit evident in the comparisons that are made. Much of the focus is on learning together, as much from our failures as our successes. The contributing authors are highly experienced and eminent members of the mathematics education community and together they have provided us with a book that is an invaluable source of information, discussion, reflection and insight. Mathematics Education in Different Cultural Traditions will be of special interest to mathematics teachers, teacher educators, researchers, education administrators, curriculum developers, and student teachers.

About the authors

Frederick Leung is a professor of mathematics education at The University of Hong Kong, specializing in international comparison of curriculum, and the relationship between culture and mathematics teaching and learning

Klaus-D. Graf is a professor of computer science at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, specializing in applications in education and society

Francis Lopez-Real is a professor of mathematics education at The University of Hong Kong, specializing in problem-solving and dynamic geometry

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Mathematics Education in Different Cultural Traditions: A Comparative Study of East Asia and the West

    Pages 1-20

  • Mathematics Education in East Asia and the West: Does Culture Matter?

    Koon Shing Frederick Leung

    Pages 21-46

  • A Traditional Aspect of Mathematics Education in Japan

    Ichiei Hirabayashi

    Pages 51-64

  • The Origins of Pupils’ Awareness of Teachers’ Mathematics Pedagogical Values: Confucianism and Buddhism - Driven

    Yuh-Chyn Leu, Chao-Jung Wu

    Pages 139-152

  • Classification and Framing of Mathematical Knowledge in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, and the United States

    Yeping Li, Mark B. Ginsburg

    Pages 195-211

Buy this book

eBook $269.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-29723-1
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $339.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-29722-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $339.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-3996-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics Education in Different Cultural Traditions- A Comparative Study of East Asia and the West
Book Subtitle
The 13th ICMI Study
Editors
  • Frederick Koon-Shing Leung
  • Klaus-D. Graf
  • Francis J. Lopez-Real
Series Title
New ICMI Study Series
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-29723-1
DOI
10.1007/0-387-29723-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-29722-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3996-8
Series ISSN
1387-6872
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 598
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