Can we learn anything from China about Education in Mathematics?


  • Jennifer Field Univerisity of Greenwich



Some countries in South East Asia do better than us in international mathematics tests. This would appear to indicate that their children are more able mathematically than ours. Our government is very keen to explore this further and in 2014/15 funded a National Shanghai Exchange Programme, involving teachers from the newly formed 34 National Maths Hubs.  This opinion piece reflects upon the practices in Shanghai and explores whether we could actually learn anything from them which might improve our own teaching and learning in mathematics, and the impact this might have for HEIs.

Author Biography

Jennifer Field, Univerisity of Greenwich

Jenny Field is a principal lecturer in Primary Education in The Faculty of Education and Health, and a University Teaching Fellow.  She is Curriculum Lead for Primary Mathematics and Specialist Provision, and a Programme Leader for the DfE funded Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MasT).  She was one of the country’s first Leading Maths Teachers and worked as a maths co-ordinator for several years before embarking on a career in Higher Education


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