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Article: Representation of problem-solving procedures: A comparative look at China, Singapore, and US mathematics textbooks

TitleRepresentation of problem-solving procedures: A comparative look at China, Singapore, and US mathematics textbooks
Authors
KeywordsComparative Study
Curricular Contents
Lower-Secondary Mathematics
Mathematical Problem-Solving
Mathematics Textbooks
Pólya's Problem-Solving Model
Problem-Solving Heuristics
Textbook Analysis
Issue Date2007
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0013-1954
Citation
Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2007, v. 66 n. 1, p. 61-75 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined how selected school mathematics textbooks in China, Singapore, and USA at the lower secondary grade level represent problem-solving procedures. The analysis of problem-solving procedures was carried out in two layers - general strategies, which adopted Pólya's four-stage problem-solving model, and specific strategies, which consisted of 17 different problem-solving heuristics such as 'acting it out,' 'looking for a pattern,' 'working backwards,' etc. Both similarities and differences in the representation of problem-solving procedures in the textbooks across the three countries were revealed and compared. The possible reasons for the similarities and especially for the differences were explored. Suggestions about how to improve the representation of problem-solving in mathematics textbooks were provided at the end of the study. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/92424
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.839
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.295
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dc.contributor.authorFan, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorZhu, Yen_HK
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dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEducational Studies in Mathematics, 2007, v. 66 n. 1, p. 61-75en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0013-1954en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis study examined how selected school mathematics textbooks in China, Singapore, and USA at the lower secondary grade level represent problem-solving procedures. The analysis of problem-solving procedures was carried out in two layers - general strategies, which adopted Pólya's four-stage problem-solving model, and specific strategies, which consisted of 17 different problem-solving heuristics such as 'acting it out,' 'looking for a pattern,' 'working backwards,' etc. Both similarities and differences in the representation of problem-solving procedures in the textbooks across the three countries were revealed and compared. The possible reasons for the similarities and especially for the differences were explored. Suggestions about how to improve the representation of problem-solving in mathematics textbooks were provided at the end of the study. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.relation.ispartofEducational Studies in Mathematicsen_HK
dc.subjectComparative Studyen_HK
dc.subjectCurricular Contentsen_HK
dc.subjectLower-Secondary Mathematicsen_HK
dc.subjectMathematical Problem-Solvingen_HK
dc.subjectMathematics Textbooksen_HK
dc.subjectPólya's Problem-Solving Modelen_HK
dc.subjectProblem-Solving Heuristicsen_HK
dc.subjectTextbook Analysisen_HK
dc.titleRepresentation of problem-solving procedures: A comparative look at China, Singapore, and US mathematics textbooksen_HK
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