What is effective teaching? A study of experienced mathematics teachers from Australia, the mainland China, Hong-Kong-China, and the United States

J Cai, Bob Perry, N-G Wong, T Wang

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    Abstract

    The study reported in this chapter examines teachers' beliefs about effective teaching in mathematics from a cross-cultural perspective. It is designed to address the following fundamental question: What is effective teaching for teachers in Eastern and Western cultures? From a cross-national perspective, this study aims to develop a deeper understanding of teachers' cultural beliefs concerning effective mathematics instruction. Theoretically, the findings from this study will make a significant contribution to our understanding of teaching and teachers' belief systems from a cross-cultural perspective. Practically, such an investigation should provide insightful information about what can be learned from instructional practices in different countries in order to improve students' learning of mathematics. This study not only helps us understand the relationship between teachers' conceptions and instructional practices from an international perspective, but it also helps us interpret the differences in the teaching and learning of mathematics found in previous cross-national studies (e.g., Cai, 2000).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEffective Mathematics Teaching from Teachers' Perspectives
    Subtitle of host publicationNational and Cross-National Studies
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    PublisherSense Publishers
    Pages1-34
    Number of pages34
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9789087908201
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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