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Transforming Mathematics Instruction

Multiple Approaches and Practices

  • Yeping Li
  • Edward A. Silver
  • Shiqi Li


  • Provides much-needed information about recent instructional research and changes in mathematics education

  • Offers a unique international perspective for readers to learn and cross-examine diverse approaches and practices

  • Contributes to an important and ongoing discussion about transforming mathematics instruction for improving students’ learning

  • Presents new areas of research for improving mathematics teaching and learning


Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Transforming Mathematics Instruction with a Focus on Changes in Instructional Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. David Clarke
      Pages 15-19
    3. Michelle Stephan, Diana Underwood-Gregg, Erna Yackel
      Pages 37-57
    4. Merrilyn Goos, Vince Geiger, Shelley Dole
      Pages 81-102
    5. João Pedro da Ponte, Neusa Branco, Marisa Quaresma
      Pages 103-125
  3. Transforming Mathematics Instruction with School Curriculum Changes

  4. Transforming Mathematics Instruction with Different Approaches in Teacher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Peter Sullivan
      Pages 255-257
    3. Hilda Borko, Jennifer Jacobs, Nanette Seago, Charmaine Mangram
      Pages 259-281

About this book


This book surveys and examines different approaches and practices that contribute to the changes in mathematics instruction, including (1) innovative approaches that bring direct changes in classroom instructional practices, (2) curriculum reforms that introduce changes in content and requirements in classroom instruction, and (3) approaches in mathematics teacher education that aim to improve teachers’ expertise and practices. It also surveys relevant theory and methodology development in studying and assessing mathematics instruction.

Classroom instruction is commonly seen as one of the key factors contributing to students’ learning of mathematics, but much remains to be understood about teachers’ instructional practices that lead to the development and enactment of effective classroom instruction, and approaches and practices developed and used to transform classroom instruction in different education systems.

Transforming Mathematics Instruction is organized to help readers learn not only from reading individual chapters, but also from reading across chapters and sections to explore broader themes, including:

- Identifying what is important in mathematics for teaching and learning emphasized in different approaches;

- Exploring how students’ learning is considered and facilitated through different approaches and practices;

- Understanding the nature of various approaches that are valued in different systems and cultural contexts;

- Probing culturally valued approaches in identifying and evaluating effective instructional practices.

The book brings new research and insights into multiple approaches and practices for transforming mathematics instruction to the international community of mathematics education, with 25 chapters and four section prefaces contributed by 56 scholars from 10 different education systems. This rich collection is indispensable reading for mathematics educators, researchers, teacher educators, curriculum developers, and graduate students interested in learning about different instructional practices, approaches for instructional transformation, and research in different education systems.


Approaches and practices for improving mathematics instruction Assessing mathematics instruction Classroom instructional practices Culturally valued practices Curriculum reforms Instructional transformation International perspective mathematics instruction Mathematics curriculum and teaching Mathematics instruction and student learning Mathematics instruction assessment Mathematics instruction change Mathematics instruction research Theoretical perspective mathematics instruction

Editors and affiliations

  • Yeping Li
    • 1
  • Edward A. Silver
    • 2
  • Shiqi Li
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Teaching, Learning and CultureTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of MathematicsEast China Normal UniversityPutuoChina

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