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ERIC Number: EJ776258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Characteristics of Mathematics Teaching in Shanghai, China: Through the Lens of a Malaysian
Lim, Chap Sam
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v19 n1 p77-89 2007
The mathematical performance of Chinese students, from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, is widely acclaimed in international comparisons of mathematics achievement. However, in the eyes of the Western educators, the environments established in Chinese schools are deemed relatively unfavourable for mathematics learning. This paper reports on a study that investigates the characteristics of effective mathematics teaching in five Shanghai schools. Findings reveal that those characteristics include (a) teaching with variation; (b) emphasis of precise and elegant mathematical language; (c) emphasis of logical reasoning, mathematical thinking and proofing during teaching; (d) order and serious classroom discipline; (e) strong and coherent teacher-student rapport, and (f) strong collaborative culture amongst mathematics teachers. (Contains 1 table.)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. MERGA-GPO Box 2747, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia. Web Site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong; Taiwan