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ERIC Number: EJ1144684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
A Comparison of Geometry Problems in Middle-Grade Mathematics Textbooks from Taiwan, Singapore, Finland, and the United States
Yang, Der-Ching; Tseng, Yi-Kuan; Wang, Tzu-Ling
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v13 n7 p2841-2857 Jul 2017
This study analyzed geometry problems in four middle-grade mathematics textbook series from Taiwan, Singapore, Finland, and the United States, while exploring the expectations for students' learning experiences with these problems. An analytical framework developed for mathematics textbook problem analysis had three dimensions: representation forms, contextual features, and response types. The results showed that the Taiwanese and Singaporean textbooks contained more problems in combined form, whereas the Finnish and American textbooks contained more problems in verbal and visual forms. The problem distribution across various representation forms was more balanced in the Finnish and Singaporean textbooks than in the Taiwanese and American textbooks. Most problems were non-application and close-ended problems compared to other application and open-ended problems. The Taiwanese textbooks contained the lowest proportion of real-world problems, whereas the American textbooks contained the highest proportion of open-ended problems. Implications of this study's findings for textbook developers and future research directions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; Singapore; Finland; United States
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