The Third Wave: Chinese students' values in effective mathematics teaching in two secondary schools

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Abstract

In the last few decades there has been much interest in how mathematics can be effectively taught and learnt. The Third Wave is a unique ongoing international collaborative mathematics education research project, which aims to explore the relevant values of effective school mathematics teaching from both the teacher and student perspectives. As part of this project, this study investigates the related findings from students on the Chinese mainland. Multiple data were collected through classroom observations, focus group interviews, and written, open-ended questions. Twenty-four students from junior and senior secondary schools were invited to write down their views on an effective lesson, a good mathematics teacher, and how to do well in mathematics learning. Results showed that among the eight values determined in the study, the values of involvement, explanation, and examples were embraced by students across all grades. Students preferred teacher-led mathematics teaching. Junior secondary students placed more value on teachers' personalities, whereas senior students placed more value on teachers' teaching manners. Copyright © 2014 Korean Society of Mathematical Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-221
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Mathematical Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

Citation

Zhang, Q.-P. (2014). The Third Wave: Chinese students' values in effective mathematics teaching in two secondary schools. Journal of the Korean Society of Mathematical Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education, 18(3), 209-221. doi: 10.7468/jksmed.2014.18.3.209

Keywords

  • The Third Wave
  • Effective mathematics lessons
  • Effective mathematics teacher

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