
06251952
a
2014b.00260
Huang, Rongjin
Yetkiner \"Ozel, Z. Ebrar
Li, Yeping
Osborne, Rebecca V.
Does classroom instruction stick to textbooks? A case study of fraction division.
Li, Yeping (ed.) et al., Mathematics curriculum in school education. Dordrecht: Springer (ISBN 9789400775596/hbk; 9789400775602/ebook). Advances in Mathematics Education, 443464 (2014).
2014
Dordrecht: Springer
EN
D30
D40
F40
U20
fraction division
mathematics curriculum
mathematics teaching
mathematical tasks
representations
curriculum implementation fidelity
China
mathematics teaching
learning
doi:10.1007/9789400775602_21
Summary: In this chapter, we examined the consistency between textbook and its implementation in classrooms. By investigating how two selected Chinese teachers taught fraction division over four consecutive lessons, and making use of an existing study on the treatments of the same content unit in textbooks, it was found that the sample teachers essentially adopted their textbooks. The teachers put great effort into developing students' understanding of the meaning of fraction division and justifying why the algorithm of fraction division works by employing a problembased approach and using multiple representations. They followed the textbooks regarding the conceptualization of concepts and algorithms, the topic coverage, the sequence of content presentation, the approach to developing the concepts and algorithms, and the selection of problems and exercises. Meanwhile, the teachers also demonstrated certain flexibility in constructing their own problems for introducing new knowledge and consolidating the learned knowledge. Finally, the authors argued that the Chinese strategies of adopting textbooks might be attributed to their teaching culture and professional development practice.