The mathematical knowledge of elementary school teachers: A comparative perspective

Ngai Ying WONG, Tim ROWLAND, Wing Sum CHAN, Ka Luen CHEUNG, Ngai Sze HAN

Research output: Contribution to journalArticles

Abstract

This study examines the differences and similarities of mathematics teachers’ subject matter knowledge among England, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. Data were collected from a ten-item test in the SKIMA subject matter audit instrument [Rowland, T.; Martyn, S.; Barber, P. & Heal, C. (2000). Primary teacher trainees’ mathematics subject knowledge and classroom performance. In: T. Rowland & C. Morgan (eds.), Research in Mathematics Education, Volume 2 (pp. 3–18). ME 2000e.03066] from over 500 participants. Results showed that participants from England performed consistently better, with those from Hong Kong being next and then followed by those from the Chinese mainland. The qualitative data revealed that participants from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland were fluent in applying routines to solve problems, but had some difficulties in offering explanations or justifications. Copyright © 2010 Korean Society of Mathematical Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-194
JournalJournal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education, series D: Research in mathematical education.
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Citation

Wong, N.-Y., Rowland, T., Chan, W.-S., Cheung, K.-L., & Han, N.-S. (2010). The mathematical knowledge of elementary school teachers: A comparative perspective. Journal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education, series D: Research in mathematical education, 14(2), 173-194.

Keywords

  • Subject matter knowledge
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Teacher education
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • The Chinese learner

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The mathematical knowledge of elementary school teachers: A comparative perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.