Comparing the UK advanced level contents and M2 contents in linear algebra

Hing Lun CHIU

Research output: Other contributionHonours Projects (HP)


This research project compares the syllabus and textbook content in linear algebra of HKDSE M2 with mathematics qualifications in the UK. The syllabus and textbooks in the UK cover much more topics in vectors and matrices than those in Hong Kong. The differences in topics, representation and textbook characteristics are organized in tables and presented in this research. Moreover, some opinions of both the undergraduates who studied HKDSE M2 and those who have taken CIE or Edexcel IALs mathematics papers are organized in charts. Some recommendations for HKDSE M2 textbooks, syllabus and curriculum are suggested after that for enhancing the teaching contents in linear algebra, for example implementing matrix transformation in the syllabus, replacing some proofs from the textbooks to the supplementary notes and considering the extended part of mathematics as regular electives. However, inadequate research support and small sample size may hinder the development of this research. For further investigation, comparing local curriculum with those in other countries, such as Singapore, the United State or Canada in different topics of mathematics to lead Hong Kong mathematics curriculum into introspection and substantial improvement. More importantly, the awareness of linear algebra is hoped to elevate in local mathematics education and more learning hours and investigations should be implemented in HKDSE M2.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Secondary) in Mathematics (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B078
  • Course code: MTH4902


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