Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 25, 2010 - Education - 198 pages
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Studies of teachers in the U.S. often document insufficient subject matter knowledge in mathematics. Yet, these studies give few examples of the knowledge teachers need to support teaching, particularly the kind of teaching demanded by recent reforms in mathematics education. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics describes the nature and development of the knowledge that elementary teachers need to become accomplished mathematics teachers, and suggests why such knowledge seems more common in China than in the United States, despite the fact that Chinese teachers have less formal education than their U.S. counterparts.

The anniversary edition of this bestselling volume includes the original studies that compare U.S and Chinese elementary school teachersí mathematical understanding and offers a powerful framework for grasping the mathematical content necessary to understand and develop the thinking of school children. Highlighting notable changes in the field and the authorís work, this new edition includes an updated preface, introduction, and key journal articles that frame and contextualize this seminal work.

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Review: Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understandng Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

For anyone who doesn't understand why our children are learning "new math", this is a must-read. I spent a Saturday morning intently reading this dissertation on elementary mathematics education. I ... Read full review

Review: Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understandng Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States

User Review  - Manda - Goodreads

I have only just started this. But I think it is a must read -especially for people who are home schooling their children -but really whether you are "good" at math or "bad" at math, you need to read this! Read full review

About the author (2010)

Liping Ma earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, following a masters degree in education from East China Normal University. After a term as a senior scientist at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she is now an independent scholar.

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