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Summary and extended reading

In the last week of the course, we have covered the following main points:

  1. You have explored the Asian mathematics education principle of Variation theory.

  2. You have explored several sequences of tasks that use Variation theory.

  3. You have had an opportunity to apply Variation theory and see how it could improve your classroom practice.


Some suggestions for reading for this week are:

Week 4

Watson, A. and others. (2016). Variation: analysing and designing tasks. Mathematics Teaching. June 2016.

Gu, L., Huang, R., & Marton, F. (2004). Teaching with variation: A Chinese way of promoting effective mathematics learning. In Fan, L., Wong, N-Y., Cai, J., & Li, S. (Eds.) (2004). How Chinese learn mathematics: Perspectives from insiders. Singapore: World Scientific.

You could also have a look at this website with more information about Variation theory and its use in practice.

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World Class Maths: Asian Teaching Practice

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