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ERIC Number: EJ1002349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Curriculum Sequencing and the Acquisition of Clock-Reading Skills among Chinese and Flemish Children
Burny, Elise; Valcke, Martin; Desoete, Annemie; Van Luit, Johannes E. Hans
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v11 n3 p761-785 Jun 2013
The present study addresses the impact of the curriculum on primary school children's acquisition of clock-reading knowledge from analog and digital clocks. Focusing on Chinese and Flemish children's clock-reading knowledge, the study is about whether the differences in sequencing of learning and instruction opportunities--as defined by the curriculum--result in differences in accuracy and development of clock-reading knowledge. By means of (1) an in-depth qualitative analysis of the Chinese and Flemish mathematics curriculum standards and textbooks and (2) a quantitative analysis of 11,743 students' accuracy in reading the time, the current study mirrors the differential impact of alternative curriculum designs for primary education. The results of the analyses reveal that Chinese children acquire clock-reading knowledge--for analog and digital clocks--2 years earlier than their Flemish peers, due to a 2-year earlier exposure. Discussing these results, it is argued that the Flemish curriculum tends to underestimate what children are capable of and that clock-reading within the Flemish primary mathematics curriculum builds on dated assumptions and research results. Building on these outcomes, it is argued that curriculum development should be the result of collaborative inquiry involving policy makers, researchers, and teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; China