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WHY DO CHINESE-AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS OUTPERFORM THEIR AUSTRALIAN PEERS IN MATHEMATICS: A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY

  • Dacheng ZhaoEmail author
  • Michael Singh
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Abstract

International comparative studies and cross-cultural studies of mathematics achievement indicate that Chinese students (whether living in or outside China) consistently outperform their Western counterparts. This study shows that the gap between Chinese-Australian and other Australian students is best explained by differences in motivation to achieve, attributing success to effort, the influence of parental help and the use of extra mathematics curricula. The argument explored is, in order to promote students’ mathematics achievement, we must improve the pedagogical knowledge of classroom teachers of mathematics, as well as to encourage parents’ involvement in the mathematics education of their children and to promote students’ motivation to learn mathematics.

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Australian students case study Chinese-Australian students cross-cultural comparison mathematics achievement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchUniversity of Western SydneyPenrith South DCAustralia

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