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Lai, Mun Yee; Murray, Sara – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2014
Mathematics educators have had a long standing interest in students' understanding of decimal numbers. Most studies of students' understanding of decimals have been conducted within Western cultural settings. Similar research in other countries is important for a number of reasons, perhaps most importantly because it can provide insights that may…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts, Numbers, Cultural Differences
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Lai, Mun Yee; Murray, Sara – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2012
In mathematics education, there has been tension between deep learning and repetitive learning. Western educators often emphasize the need for students to construct a conceptual understanding of mathematical symbols and rules before they practise the rules (Li, 2006). On the other hand, Chinese learners tend to be oriented towards rote learning…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Achievement, Symbols (Mathematics), Rote Learning