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Chinese and Singaporean sixth-grade students' strategies for solving problems about speed
Chunlian Jiang1; Stephen Hwang2; Jinfa Cai2
2014-09
Source PublicationEducational Studies in Mathematics
ISSN0013-1954
Volume87Issue:1Pages:27-50
Abstract

This study examined 361 Chinese and 345 Singaporean sixth-grade students' performance and problem-solving strategies for solving 14 problems about speed. By focusing on students from two distinct high-performing countries in East Asia, we provide a useful perspective on the differences that exist in the preparation and problem-solving strategies of these groups of students. The strategy analysis indicates that the Chinese sample used algebraic strategies more frequently and more successfully than the Singaporean sample, although the Chinese sample used a limited variety of strategies. The Singaporean sample's use of model-drawing produced a performance advantage on one problem by converting multiplication/division of fractions into multiplication/division of whole numbers. Several suggestions regarding teaching and learning of mathematical problem solving, algebra, and problems about speed and its related concepts of ratio and proportion are made.

KeywordChina Cross-national Comparison Problem-solving Strategies Singapore Speed Word Problems
DOI10.1007/s10649-014-9559-x
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research
WOS IDWOS:000339826900003
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorChunlian Jiang
Affiliation1.University of Macau,Macao,Macao
2.University of Delaware,523 Ewing Hall,Newark, DE, 19716,United States
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Chunlian Jiang,Stephen Hwang,Jinfa Cai. Chinese and Singaporean sixth-grade students' strategies for solving problems about speed[J]. Educational Studies in Mathematics,2014,87(1):27-50.
APA Chunlian Jiang,Stephen Hwang,&Jinfa Cai.(2014).Chinese and Singaporean sixth-grade students' strategies for solving problems about speed.Educational Studies in Mathematics,87(1),27-50.
MLA Chunlian Jiang,et al."Chinese and Singaporean sixth-grade students' strategies for solving problems about speed".Educational Studies in Mathematics 87.1(2014):27-50.
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