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A Comparison of Math Teaching and Learning in China and the United States -: Problem Solving Skills in Geometry of Chinese and U.S. Students
Lu, Yaomingxin

2016, Master of Mathematical Sciences, Ohio State University, Mathematics.
According to the TIMMS report, Chinese students tend to have better performance in solving geometry problems than U.S. students. What is the explanation for the superior mathematics achievement of Chinese students? What are the possible contributing factors? The purpose of this study is to compare and examine U.S. and Chinese students' problem solving skills in geometry and analyze the contributing factors through interviews with students from both countries. The interviews show that the Chinese students were more successful than the U.S. students in creating auxiliary elements for helping them solve geometry problems as well as more comfortable switching to different problem solving strategies. This better performance in solving geometry problems may be due to Chinese teachers' ability to apply their geometric conceptualizations flexibly in the classrooms because of their experience solving problems using different strategies as well as several non-school-related factors including things such as students' self-expectation and efforts, family pressure, and cultural value. This kind of research will be useful to develop a deeper understanding of why Chinese students perform better in solving geometry problems compared with their American peers and the factors which contribute to their performances.
Michael Battista, Dr. (Advisor)
Rodica Costin, Dr. (Committee Member)
79 p.

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