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Volume 6, Issue 2 - Sep 2002
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Comparison of Teaching Geometry Between China and USA-From an Oriental Perspective
Wang, Linquan ; Wu, Yuezhong ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 107~116
Geometry is one of the important parts of Chinese school mathematics. There is a large difference in teaching and contents (standards, curriculum) between the US and China. Many mathematics educators in both countries are trying to reform the instruction of geometry and have made some progress. Close attention has been given to the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000), in which we have found many good ideas. In this paper, we introduce new developments of school geometry in China and have made some comparisons between the US and China. The new technology is becoming popular step by step in Chinese high schools. We believe we should learn from each other and exchange the ideas. In doing this mathematics teaching will be improved.
Offer Calculus to High School Students: The Use of Technologies Can Clear up People's Doubts
Wang, Gaoxia ; Zhu, Yan ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 117~122
From the beginning of the 20th century, calculus is gradually offered to high school students in many countries. However, in Chinese high school, the instruction on calculus is nearly an untouched field. Many people don't believe that high school students can study calculus well. They think calculus knowledge in students' brains is likely to become the “half-cooked food”, and this can produce a bad effect on the study of formal calculus at university. The authors consider that the emphasis of calculus in high school should be the intuitive understanding of fundamental calculus concepts, and it is also the basis of the understanding of formal concepts. Traditional mathematics course with chalk can't meet the needs of calculus teaching. The use of technologies can enhance the calculus teaching, especially the informal and visual calculus teaching, help students understand the underlying concepts. The authors describe how the use of technologies can improve the calculus teaching and learning, and point out that the use of technologies can clear up people's doubts.
Getting over the Atlas Complex: A College Professor's Reflective Journey Through Journalizing of her own Teaching
Liu, Gloria ; Jeon, Kyungsoon ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 123~133
The authors examined a college mathematics professor's change process in teaching practice by analyzing the teacher's reflective journal. Her change engaged cooperative learning method in a college Algebra course and was geared toward the reform-oriented methods. The change processes were revealed as a bumpy road that was full of struggles and challenges to both the teacher and students. The analysis also showed that a reflective journey needed a proper means and support system from a teacher's environment such as institution. This research clearly showed that brining a genuine change in teaching practice toward a broad educational goal was a combined effort among the participants of education.
A Case Study on Evaluating the Teaching of Mathematics in Korea
Kim, Soo-Hwan ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 135~143
This study was executed in M elementary school for a week, T elementary school for a week, N high school for a week, and S high school for a week in 2000. There were mathematics teacher interviews, mathematics classroom observations, and student interviews in each school. We can draw the conclusion from this study as follows. Firstly, the teaching of mathematics in both elementary and high school was very good in the standard of mathematical concepts, procedures, and connection. Secondly, it is very good in the standard of mathematics as problem solving, reasoning, and communication. Thirdly, it is not so good in the standard of promoting mathematical disposition. Fourthly, it is good in elementary schools, but not in high schools regarding the standard of assessing students' understanding of mathematics. Fifthly, it is very good in elementary schools, but not so good in high schools regarding the standard of learning environments.
Application of Distance Education for Mathematics of Junior High School
Lee, Younghee ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 145~158
Recently a new type of educational method through the internet, distance education, has been developed with technology development. To find out any complement between distance education and traditional in-class education, a series of study with junior high school mathematics were conducted. Both distance education and in-class education have merits and shortcomings. Some advantages with distance education shown from the study can be used for complement to in-class education depending on the contents and subjects. Distance education in mathematics education can be a good turning point for future education.
Conceptualizing the Realistic Mathematics Education Approach in the Teaching and Learning of Ordinary Differential Equations
Kwon, Oh-Nam ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 159~170
The undergraduate curriculum in differential equations has undergone important changes in favor of the visual and numerical aspects of the course primarily because of recent technological advances. Yet, research findings that have analyzed students' thinking and understanding in a reformed setting are still lacking. This paper discusses an ongoing developmental research effort to adapt the instructional design perspective of Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) to the teaching and learning of differential equations at Ewha Womans University. The RME theory based on the design heuristic using context problems and modeling was developed for primary school mathematics. However, the analysis of this study indicates that a RME design for a differential equations course can be successfully adapted to the university level.
Students' Cognitive Style and Mathematical Word Problem Solving
Almolhodaei, Hassan ;
Research in Mathematical Education, volume 6, issue 2, 2002, Pages 171~182
Students approach mathematical problem solving in fundamentally different ways, particularly problems requiring conceptual understanding and complicated strategies such as mathematical word problems. The main objective of this study is to compare students' performance with different cognitive styles (Field-dependent vs. Field-independent) on mathematics problem solving, particularly, in word problems. A sample of 180 school girls (13-years-old) were tested on the Witkin's cognitive style (Group Embedded Figures Test) and two mathematics exams. Results obtained support the hypothesis that students with field-independent cognitive style achieved much better results than Field-dependent ones in word problems. The implications of these results on teaching and setting problems emphasizes that word problems and cognitive predictor variables (Field-dependent/Field- independent) could be challenging and rather distinctive factors on the part of school learners.