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.
|Title of host publication||How Chinese teach mathematics: Perspectives from insiders|
|Editors||Lianghuo FAN, Ngai-Ying WONG, Jinfa CAI, Shiqi LI|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publisher||World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
CitationDai, 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.
- Traditional Chinese mathematics education
- Chinese ancient mathematics
- Mathematics education thoughts