The wisdom of traditional mathematical teaching in China

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Abstract

For the past 3,000 years mathematics education in China has developed its own traditions in which abundant and profound teaching thoughts have been accumulated and summarized. Throughout the history of mathematical education in China, there are many typical and inspiring teaching examples which fully display the wisdom of heuristic pedagogy, concise explanation of mathematical concepts with abundant practice, the emphasis of “practice makes perfect”, and the idea of alternative solutions to the same mathematical problem. Based on the examples in the mathematics masterpieces in ancient China such as The Arithmetical Classic of the Gnomon and the Circular Paths of Heaven, The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art, Mathematical Treatise in Nine Sections, and Yang Hui's Algorithms, this chapter examines and discusses the traditional values, thoughts, and approaches used in the mathematical education in ancient China. 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
Pages3-42
ISBN (Electronic)9789814415835
ISBN (Print)9789814415811
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Dai, Q., & Cheung, K. L. (2015). The wisdom of traditional mathematical teaching in China. In L. Fan, N.-Y. Wong, J. Cai, & S. Li (Eds.), How Chinese teach mathematics: Perspectives from insiders (pp. 3-42). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.

Keywords

  • Traditional Chinese mathematics education
  • Chinese ancient mathematics
  • Mathematics education thoughts

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