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Shayshon, Bruria; Gal, Hagar; Tesler, Bertha; Ko, Eun-Sung – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2014

The instruction of mathematically talented students (MTS) in heterogeneous classes is an issue of debate. Questions of equity, differential instruction, teacher awareness of their talented students' needs, and their willingness and competence to face the challenges of nurturing these students are all raised within this context. Our international…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Comparative Education, Academically Gifted, Teacher Competencies

Van Harpen, Xianwei Y.; Sriraman, Bharath – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

In the literature, problem-posing abilities are reported to be an important aspect/indicator of creativity in mathematics. The importance of problem-posing activities in mathematics is emphasized in educational documents in many countries, including the USA and China. This study was aimed at exploring high school students' creativity in…

Descriptors: High School Students, Geometric Concepts, Foreign Countries, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension)

Van Harpen, Xianwei Y.; Presmeg, Norma C. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

The importance of students' problem-posing abilities in mathematics has been emphasized in the K-12 curricula in the USA and China. There are claims that problem-posing activities are helpful in developing creative approaches to mathematics. At the same time, there are also claims that students' mathematical content knowledge could be highly…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creativity, Mathematics Instruction, Investigations

Clark, Kathleen Michelle – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

The use of the history of mathematics in teaching has long been considered a tool for enriching students' mathematical learning. However, in the USA few, if any, research efforts have investigated how the study of history of mathematics contributes to a person's mathematical knowledge for teaching. In this article, I present the results of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Teachers, Algebra

Alajmi, Amal Hussain – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

Textbooks play an important part in the design of instruction. This study analyzed the presentation of fractions in textbooks designed for the elementary grades in Kuwait, Japan, and the USA. The analysis focused on the physical characteristics of the books, the structure of the lessons, and the nature of the mathematical problems presented.…

Descriptors: Physical Characteristics, Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Grade 3

Brantlinger, Andrew – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2011

This paper presents findings from a comparative analysis of three similar secondary geometry texts, one critical unit, one standards-based reform unit, and one specialist chapter. I developed the critical unit as I took the tenets of critical mathematics (CM) and substantiated them in printed curricular materials in which to teach as part of a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Textbooks, Specialists

Sun, Xuhua – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2011

This article deals with the roles of variation problems ("one problem multiple solution" and "one problem multiple changes") as used in Chinese textbooks. It is argued that variation problems as an "indigenous" Chinese practice aim to discern and to compare the invariant feature of the relationship among concepts and…

Descriptors: Textbook Content, Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction

Son, Ji-Won; Senk, Sharon L. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2010

In order to give insights into cross-national differences in schooling, this study analyzed the development of multiplication and division of fractions in two curricula: "Everyday Mathematics" (EM) from the USA and the 7th Korean mathematics curriculum (KM). Analyses of both the content and problems in the textbooks indicate that…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Multiplication

Dogan, Enis; Tatsuoka, Kikumi – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2008

This study illustrates how a diagnostic testing model can be used to make detailed comparisons between student populations participating in international assessments. The performance of Turkish students on the TIMSS-R mathematics test was reanalyzed with a diagnostic testing model called the Rule Space Model. First, mathematical and cognitive…

Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Diagnostic Tests, Pattern Recognition, Probability

Fan, Lianghuo; Zhu, Yan – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2007

This study examined how selected school mathematics textbooks in China, Singapore, and USA at the lower secondary grade level represent problem-solving procedures. The analysis of problem-solving procedures was carried out in two layers--general strategies, which adopted Polya's four-stage problem-solving model, and specific strategies, which…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction

Cavey, Laurie O.; Whitenack, Joy W.; Lovin, Louann – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2007

This paper provides a microanalysis of one Algebra I teacher's instruction to explore the advantages that are afforded us by coordinating two perspectives to document and account for the teacher's mathematical understandings. We use constructs associated with Stein, Grover and Henningsen's domain of mathematical didactics and Realistic Mathematics…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instructional Design, Educational Practices, Teacher Attitudes

Presmeg, Norma – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2003

This reaction to the papers in this PME Special Issue of "Educational Studies in Mathematics" draws a wider perspective on the issues addressed and some of the constructs used in research in Realistic Mathematics Education (RME). In particular, it tries to show that while the problems addressed existed within the world-wide arena of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Mathematics Education

Yackel, Erna; Stephan, Michelle; Rasmussen, Chris; Underwood, Diana – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2003

In this paper we present three cases of instructional design that illustrates both horizontal didactising, the activity of using already established principles to design instruction, and vertical didactising the activity of developing new tools and principles for instructional design. The first case illustrates horizontal didactising by…

Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Instructional Design, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education

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Triadafillidis, T. A. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1995

Presents results of a study in Greece, Scotland, and the United States in lower secondary mathematics classes using haptic exploration, the intentional movements of one's hands about an object, as an alternative approach for teaching the geometry of two- and three-dimensional shapes. Students performed poorly with solids. (MKR)

Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Geometry, Interviews

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McIntosh, Alistair; And Others – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1995

Study of the performance of nearly 2,000 students in grades 2 through 9 on a variety of mental computation tasks using visual and oral presentation found a wide variation in performance within the sample of each country at each grade level. (33 references) (MKR)

Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Computation, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary School Students

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