Mathematics textbook analysis: Effectiveness on promoting curricula aim of international baccalaureate and new senior secondary

Tung Hei Raphael YIU

Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


Local curriculum restructured, mostly affected the admission of University. Students no longer take two examinations, Hong Kong Certificate Education Examination (HKCEE) and Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) as an admission ticket to the University. However, a three year senior secondary educational scheme, the New Senior Secondary (NSS) was introduced by the Education Bureau as a policy. At the meantime, a worldwide recognized curriculum slowly influencing the new educational state in Hong Kong, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Both NSS and IBDP act as a major University admission threshold, numbers of attendants, was having a massive difference at the beginning, due to the numbers of schools provide IBDP is limited to international schools, while every local secondary school are providing the NSS. Trends changed in the 2010s, more international schools were operating, and more students demanded to take the IBDP, some local schools with better capital and resources decided to implement a dual-school system, which operates both IBDP and NSS at the same time. NSS and IBDP are frequently compared nowadays since their curriculum resembles each other and discussion were always held such as which curriculum is better than the other.
This study aimed to talk about mathematics textbook effectiveness of both curricula in promoting respective curricula intended aim and the intended aim of their mathematics course; the second aim of the study is to use the mathematics textbook perspective to speculate whether IBDP is a better curriculum than the NSS. The study is conducted by comparing two textbooks which are acknowledged by their respective official organization and examining the items included in the textbooks. The study founded that IB’s textbook is not educational friendly and not promoting the aim effectively. NSS textbook is more completed and user-friendly, while successfully fulfil and contain the content that corresponds to the curriculum aim and mathematics educational aim. Interpretation and suggestions will be made at the end of the study.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • CHENG, Kell Hiu Fai 鄭曉暉, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary) – General Studies and Mathematics (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B058
  • Course code: MTH4902


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