European Journal of STEM Education
Research Article
2016, 1(3), Article No: 58

A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries

Published in Volume 1 Issue 3: 28 Dec 2016
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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to compare the differences in the use of geometry in elementary school mathematics textbooks among Finland, Mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA and to investigate the relationships between the design of the textbooks and students' performance on large-scale tests such as TIMSS-4 geometry, TIMSS-8 geometry, and PISA space and shape. The content analysis method was used to collect data, and then chi-square tests and correlation analyses were used to analyze data. The results showed that there were significant differences in representation form, problem type, and question format among these mathematics textbooks from the five countries. Moreover, the strength of the positive relationships between visual form (combined form) and students' performance on TIMSS-4 geometry, TIMSS-8 geometry, and PISA space and shape decreases as students advance to higher grades, whereas increasing strength of correlations as students get older is found between contextual problems and students' performance on the three large-scale tests.

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AMA 10th edition
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Reference: Wang T, Yang D. A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries. European Journal of STEM Education. 2016;1(3), 58. https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201658
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In-text citation: (Wang & Yang, 2016)
Reference: Wang, T., & Yang, D. (2016). A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries. European Journal of STEM Education, 1(3), 58. https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201658
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In-text citation: (Wang and Yang, 2016)
Reference: Wang, Tzu-Ling, and Der-Ching Yang. "A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries". European Journal of STEM Education 2016 1 no. 3 (2016): 58. https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201658
Harvard
In-text citation: (Wang and Yang, 2016)
Reference: Wang, T., and Yang, D. (2016). A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries. European Journal of STEM Education, 1(3), 58. https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201658
MLA
In-text citation: (Wang and Yang, 2016)
Reference: Wang, Tzu-Ling et al. "A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries". European Journal of STEM Education, vol. 1, no. 3, 2016, 58. https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201658
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Reference: Wang T, Yang D. A Comparative Study of Geometry in Elementary School Mathematics Textbooks from Five Countries. European Journal of STEM Education. 2016;1(3):58. https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201658
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