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ERIC Number: EJ876763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Cross- and Within-Cultural Variations in Children's Understanding of Distance, Time, and Speed Interrelationships: A Follow-Up Study
Zhou, Zheng; Peverly, Stephen T.; Lin, Chongde
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v165 n1 p5-27 Mar 2004
A problem with interpretations of differences in mathematic achievement between students from Asian countries and those from the United States is the seemingly implicit assumption of the cultural homogeneity of Asian societies. Researchers rarely measure the effects of variables within cultures that are hypothesized to be related to differences across cultures. In the present study, the authors examined the effects of socioeconomic status (SES) and quality of instruction on Chinese students' (1st, 3rd, and 5th grades) understanding of distance, time, and speed. The results indicated that (a) low SES in China can impede the development of children's mathematical cognition and (b) higher SES does not guarantee better performance. The implication is that the gap in mathematical performance between socioeconomically advantaged and disadvantaged children can be narrowed or even eliminated through instructional practices that focus on the systematic training of children's mathematical thinking. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 3; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United States