The Evolution of Mathematical Thinking in Chinese Mathematics Education
AbstractMathematical thinking (MT) has been one of the most important goals for mathematics education as it can support sustainable mathematics learning. Its role in school mathematics has recently been explicitly identified as one of “Four Basics” in the latest national curriculum standard for compulsory education, which is seen as one of the prominent features of Chinese mathematics education. This paper reviewed definitions, descriptions, and explanations from a historical perspective and aimed to provide a comprehensive and contemporary conceptualization for MT in a Chinese context, which can be applied as a comparison to MT in English works. To achieve this, document analysis was applied in this study. Major official documents, papers, and books were reviewed to see the process of MT conceptualization given by the policy makers and researchers. Results indicated that MT places more emphasis on the process of mathematical methods application in problem solving, such as the method of combination of symbolic and graphic mathematics. Mathematical thought is also recommended by Chinese researchers to help students think like mathematicians. Another major characteristic is that the classification of major types of MT is usually focused on that which can make the concept more understandable. View Full-Text
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Li, N.; Mok, I.A.C.; Cao, Y. The Evolution of Mathematical Thinking in Chinese Mathematics Education. Mathematics 2019, 7, 297.
Li N, Mok IAC, Cao Y. The Evolution of Mathematical Thinking in Chinese Mathematics Education. Mathematics. 2019; 7(3):297.Chicago/Turabian Style
Li, Na; Mok, Ida A.C.; Cao, Yiming. 2019. "The Evolution of Mathematical Thinking in Chinese Mathematics Education." Mathematics 7, no. 3: 297.
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