What Matters? Research Trends in International Comparative Studies in Mathematics Education

  • Ji-Won Son
  • Tad Watanabe
  • Jane-Jane Lo

Part of the Research in Mathematics Education book series (RME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Research on Curriculum Influence on Student Learning

  3. Research on Institutional System of Mathematics Teacher Education

  4. Research on Improving Teacher Knowledge and Pedagogical Approaches

  5. Cross-national Comparative Studies with Large-Scale Data

  6. Final Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-393
    2. William H. Schmidt, Leland S. Cogan, Michelle L. Solorio
      Pages 411-418
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 419-432

About this book


This book provides a unique international comparative perspective on diverse issues and practices in mathematics education between and among the US and five high-performing TIMSS education systems, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. The book offers multiple perspectives on the important factors that contribute to mathematics teaching and learning in different educational systems and cultural contexts. Using large scale data generated by numerous international comparative studies, the book analyzes and provides context for various methodological perspectives.

The book raises compelling questions and issues for mathematics education researchers, leading to a critical examination of what can be learned from other education systems. Authors address four major research perspectives by critically examining cross-national similarities and differences, such as research on the influence of curriculum on student learning; research on institutional systems of mathematics teacher education; research on improving teacher knowledge and pedagogical approaches; and research using large-scale data. This collection of perspectives serves as a foundation for reviewing and analyzing the international comparative studies introduced in the book.


Achievement gap and mathematics education Cross cultural lesson planning and mathematics education Cultural traditions and mathematics education International comparative studies and mathematics education International mathematics education Large scale data and mathematics education Learning gap and mathematics education Mathematics Education Mathematics teacher education Modeling and mathematics education Pedagogy and mathematics TEDS-M data and teacher readiness TIMSS Textbook analysis and mathematics education

Editors and affiliations

  • Ji-Won Son
    • 1
  • Tad Watanabe
    • 2
  • Jane-Jane Lo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Learning and InstructionUniversity at Buffalo–The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsKennesaw State UniversityKennesawUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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