Internationalisation and Globalisation in Mathematics and Science Education
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Contributions from CrossNational Comparative Studies to the Internationalization of Mathematics Education: Studies of Chinese and U.S. Classrooms
 Jinfa CaiAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware
 , Frank LesterAffiliated withSchool of Education Indiana University
Abstract
Crossnational studies offer a unique contribution to the internationalization of mathematics education. In particular, they provide mathematics educators with opportunities to situate the teaching and learning mathematics in a wider cultural context and to reflect on generalization of theories and practices of teaching and learning mathematics that have been developed in particular countries. In this chapter, we discuss a series of crossnational studies involving Chinese and U.S. students that illustrate to how cultural differences in Chinese and U.S. teachers’ teaching practices and beliefs affect the nature of their students’ mathematical performance. We do this by showing that the types of mathematical representations teachers present to students strongly influence the choice of representations students use to solve problems. Specifically, the Chinese teachers overwhelmingly used symbolic representations of instructional tasks, whereas the U.S. teachers relied almost exclusively on verbal explanations and pictorial representations, illustrating that mathematics teaching is local practice which takes place in settings that are both socially and culturally constrained. These results demonstrate the social and cultural nature of teachers’ pedagogical practice
Keywords
crossnational studies internationalization Chinese and U.S. Classrooms mathematical problem solving solution representations pedagogical representations Title
 Contributions from CrossNational Comparative Studies to the Internationalization of Mathematics Education: Studies of Chinese and U.S. Classrooms
 Book Title
 Internationalisation and Globalisation in Mathematics and Science Education
 Book Part
 Section 2
 Pages
 pp 269283
 Copyright
 2007
 DOI
 10.1007/9781402059087_15
 Print ISBN
 9781402087905
 Online ISBN
 9781402059087
 Publisher
 Springer Netherlands
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
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 Topics
 Keywords

 crossnational studies
 internationalization
 Chinese and U.S. Classrooms mathematical problem solving
 solution representations
 pedagogical representations
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 Editors

 Bill Atweh ^{(1)}
 Angela Calabrese Barton ^{(2)}
 Marcelo C. Borba ^{(3)}
 Noel Gough ^{(4)}
 Christine Keitel ^{(5)}
 Catherine VistroYu ^{(6)}
 Renuka Vithal ^{(7)}
 Editor Affiliations

 1. Curtin University of Technology
 2. Columbia University
 3. State University of São Paulo
 4. La Trobe University
 5. Freie University Berlin
 6. Ateneo de Manila University
 7. University of KwaZuluNatal
 Authors

 Jinfa Cai ^{(8)}
 Frank Lester ^{(9)}
 Author Affiliations

 8. Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, Delaware
 9. School of Education Indiana University, Indiana
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