How classroom teaching makes a difference: The perspective from teachers’ professional values

Theatre Q227, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street, University of Melbourne VIC 3010

Mathematics and Science Education Research Seminar

Presented by Dr Qiaoping Zhang, The Education University of Hong Kong

Values are the convictions which an individual has internalized as being the things of importance and worth. There is evidence that high attainment is more closely linked to cultural values than to specific mathematics teaching practices. In this study, through the use of classroom observations and semistructured interviews, we will report our preliminary results on what values relating to mathematics and mathematics teaching are associated with teachers in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Japan, and why these values are emphasized in each cultural context.

Dr. Qiaoping Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, the Education University of Hong Kong, where he joined in Jan 2018. Before that, he has taught at Hubei University, East China Normal University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests and publications are related to affect in mathematics education, beliefs about mathematics, mathematics teachers’ knowledge, and students’ problem-solving. He is currently a visiting scholar at Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).