Journal article

What Primary Students in the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan Value in Mathematics Learning: A Comparative Analysis

Qiaoping Zhang, Tasos Barkatsas, Huk-Yuen Law, Yuh-Chyn Leu, Wee Tiong Seah, Ngai-Ying Wong

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION | SPRINGER | Published : 2016

Abstract

It has become increasingly recognized that what teachers and students value affect teaching and learning in general and in the area of mathematics in particular. Yet, the extent to which this is so varies across cultural regions. In recent years, how the ethnic Chinese teach and learn mathematics has attracted much attention worldwide. It is precisely the purpose of the present study to investigate the value structures of three Chinese regions. Using a recently developed and validated questionnaire, students’ values in mathematics learning in the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan are delineated. In the first place, the results reveal that there are six dimensions in the students’ value ..

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Grants

Awarded by Chinese University of Hong Kong Research Committee


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their gratitude to all those who helped in administering questionnaires for us in the respective various regions. Special thanks are also due to the anonymous reviewers, whose comments contributed in the shaping the final version of this article. We would also like to thank Ms. Irene Sze who provided helpful comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. The first author acknowledges the financial support by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants) (Project Code: 4058011).