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ERIC Number: ED402276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Pages: 9
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Mathematics in the 21st Century: A Comparative Study of Teaching Mathematics between China and the United States of America.
Chang, Ping-Tung
Rapidly changing technology is affecting mathematics instruction in both the People's Republic of China and the United States. This study examines methods used in the two countries, addresses common problems facing both countries, and suggests alternative approaches for meeting these challenges. The study investigated class size and teaching load, class activities, small group methods and problem solving, and daily math lessons for early childhood and primary grades; small group setting activities and homework assignments for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade levels; and entrance examinations vs. open door policy and traditional lecture-demonstration methods for middle and high school level. Problems faced by both countries included: (1) a lack of qualified mathematics and computer science teachers; (2) the increasing number of high-risk students in junior high schools; (3) the students' lack of interest in studying mathematics; and (4) the growing number of ill-prepared students in both countries. Study findings suggested several areas for further research such as upgrading current educational options and training teachers to better meet the needs of rapidly changing technology, developing home-based education using the World Wide Web, and explaining the impact of home-based education on employment of teachers. (Contains 12 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States