Conception and Characteristics of Expert Mathematics Teachers in China

  • Xinrong Yang

Part of the Perspektiven der Mathematikdidaktik book series (PERMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Xinrong Yang
    Pages 1-7
  3. Xinrong Yang
    Pages 57-77
  4. Xinrong Yang
    Pages 111-150
  5. Xinrong Yang
    Pages 251-270
  6. Xinrong Yang
    Pages 271-281
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-321

About this book


The superior performance of East Asian students in recent international studies of mathematics achievement has attracted the attention of educators and policy makers worldwide. Xinrong Yang focuses on exploring how an expert mathematics teacher is conceptualized by mathematics educators in China and the characteristics that expert mathematics teachers share. The author adopts a sociocultural theory and a prototypical view of conception in this study of teacher expertise and shows that some of the roles expected to be played by expert mathematics teachers in China, such as being at the same time a researcher, a mentor, an expert in examination, and an exemplary model, are quite different from the roles expected of an expert teacher in Western cultures. In addition, some characteristics of expert mathematics teachers the author identifies are different from those reported in previous studies. Examples include the expert mathematics teachers´ contemporary-constructivist oriented beliefs about mathematics and its learning and teaching, and their ability to teach with flexibility, balance, and coherence.




·         Conception of Expert Mathematics Teachers

·         Beliefs and Knowledge of Expert Mathematics Teachers

·         Classroom Teaching Practice and Sociocultural Influences



Target Groups

·         Researchers, academics and scholars of mathematics and didactics

·         Teachers



The Author

Dr. Xinrong Yang works as an associate professor at the Southwest University, Chongqing, P. R. China.


The Editor(s)

The series Perspektiven der Mathematikdidaktik is edited by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kaiser, Prof. Dr. Rita Borromeo Ferri, and Prof. Dr. Werner Blum.


Beliefs about Mathematics Chinese Mathematics Teachers East Asian Students Expert Mathematics Teachers Flexibility Learning and Teaching

Authors and affiliations

  • Xinrong Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsChongqingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer Spektrum, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-03096-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-03097-1
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