Beliefs, knowledge and teaching: A series of studies about Chinese mathematics teachers

Qiaoping ZHANG, Ngai-Ying WONG

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Abstract

In the past few decades, research on teaching has significantly shifted its focus from seeking effective teaching behavior to exploring teachers' knowledge, beliefs, and thinking behind their actions. Numerous empirical studies have revealed that teachers' beliefs about mathematics and mathematics learning are strong influences on their views of effective mathematics teaching, which in turn influence students' learning. These beliefs come into play when teachers shape students' learning experience and affect their learning outcomes. Although extensive research studies have been conducted on how Chinese learn and teach mathematics, much more needs to be done to explore how beliefs and knowledge influence teaching among mathematics teachers in the Chinese context. This chapter first reviews the literature that concerns how beliefs and knowledge influence teaching among mathematics teachers, with a particular focus on studies conducted in the Chinese regions. We then describe a series of our studies on how beliefs and knowledge affect teaching. Finally we suggest inspirations and directions for future research. Copyright © 2015 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow Chinese teach mathematics: Perspectives from insiders
EditorsLianghuo FAN, Ngai-Ying WONG, Jinfa CAI, Shiqi LI
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Pages457-492
ISBN (Electronic)9789814415835
ISBN (Print)9789814415811
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Zhang, Q., & Wong, N.-Y. (2015). Beliefs, knowledge and teaching: A series of studies about Chinese mathematics teachers. In L. Fan, N.-Y. Wong, J. Cai, & S. Li (Eds.), How Chinese teach mathematics: Perspectives from insiders (pp. 457-492). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

Keywords

  • Beliefs about mathematics
  • Mathematical knowledge
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Mathematics teaching

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