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Expertise in Mathematics Instruction

An International Perspective

  • Yeping Li
  • Gabriele Kaiser


  • Addresses the need for research into teacher expertise in mathematics education

  • Offers unique international perspective, comparing Eastern and Western expertise practices

  • Contributes to an important, and ongoing discussion within mathematics education


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction and Research Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rosemary S. Russ, Bruce Sherin, Miriam Gamoran Sherin
      Pages 41-60
  3. Expertise in Mathematics Instruction in a Western Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Christine Pauli, Kurt Reusser
      Pages 85-107
    3. Florian H. Müller, Irina Andreitz, Konrad Krainer, Johannes Mayr
      Pages 131-150
  4. Expertise in Mathematics Instruction in an Eastern Setting

  5. Cross-National Comparison and Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Alan H. Schoenfeld
      Pages 327-341

About this book


Expertise in Mathematics Instruction An International Perspective Yeping Li, Gabriele Kaiser, editors While the concept of the expert educator is far from being new, and the process of acquiring expertise as an instructor has long been of interest to researchers, the specifics of expertise in the teaching of mathematics remain difficult to describe it theoretically and to evaluate it empirically. To improve this situation, Expertise in Mathematics Instruction takes a unique approach to present new research from multiple Western and Eastern countries, offering a comprehensive picture of the components making up this elusive competency, and how these elements contribute to the teaching process in different educational systems and cultural contexts. The book is organized to probe three universal themes: identifying expert teachers, specifying and analyzing teacher expertise in mathematics education, and understanding expertise in mathematics education as it is perceived and valued in different cultures. From this richly inspiring collection, readers may better understand—and possibly rethink—their own policies and practices as mathematics educators, teacher educators or researchers. Some highlights of the volume: • Roles of the expert mathematics teacher envisioned in the West and the East. • Profiles of teacher expertise in mathematics instruction identified in the East and West. • Enabling a significant role for students in classroom discourse. • Developing expertise in using textbooks to teach mathematics. • Cross-national comparative results on teachers’ qualifications and practices. Expertise in Mathematics Instruction brings invaluable insights to mathematics educators and teacher educators who wish to help teachers improve their competence, and to researchers studying this critical aspect of mathematics pedagogy.


Mathematics Instruction Mathematics in the East Mathematics in the West Teacher Expertise Teacher Knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Yeping Li
    • 1
  • Gabriele Kaiser
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Teaching, Learning & CultureTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.FB Erziehungswissenschaft, Inst. Didaktik der MathematikUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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