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Article: In the books there are golden houses: mathematics assessment in East Asia

TitleIn the books there are golden houses: mathematics assessment in East Asia
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherSpringer-Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/dal/home/education?SGWID=1-40406-70-173713616-0
Citation
ZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2008, v. 40 n. 6, p. 983-992 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this paper, some fundamental issues on mathematics assessment and how they are related to the underlying cultural values in East Asia are discussed. Features of the East Asian culture that impact on mathematics assessment include the pragmatic nature of the culture, the social orientation of East Asian people, and the lop-sided stress on the utilitarian function of education. East Asians stress the algorithmic side of mathematics, and mathematics is viewed more as a set of techniques for calculation and problem solving. The notion of fairness in assessment is of paramount importance, and there is a great trust in examination as a fair method of differentiating between the able and the less able. The selection function of education and assessment has great impact on how mathematics is taught, and assessment constitutes an extrinsic motivation which directs student learning. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of these East Asian values are discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60121
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.926

 

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dc.contributor.authorLeung, FKSen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T04:03:58Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:03:58Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2008, v. 40 n. 6, p. 983-992en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1863-9690en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60121-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, some fundamental issues on mathematics assessment and how they are related to the underlying cultural values in East Asia are discussed. Features of the East Asian culture that impact on mathematics assessment include the pragmatic nature of the culture, the social orientation of East Asian people, and the lop-sided stress on the utilitarian function of education. East Asians stress the algorithmic side of mathematics, and mathematics is viewed more as a set of techniques for calculation and problem solving. The notion of fairness in assessment is of paramount importance, and there is a great trust in examination as a fair method of differentiating between the able and the less able. The selection function of education and assessment has great impact on how mathematics is taught, and assessment constitutes an extrinsic motivation which directs student learning. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of these East Asian values are discussed.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSpringer-Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/dal/home/education?SGWID=1-40406-70-173713616-0en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Educationen_HK
dc.titleIn the books there are golden houses: mathematics assessment in East Asiaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1863-9690&volume=40&spage=983&epage=992&date=2008&atitle=In+the+books+there+are+golden+houses:+mathematics+assessment+in+East+Asiaen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLeung, FKS: frederickleung@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11858-008-0157-1-
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