• Macmillan Education

World Class Maths: Asian Teaching Methods

Learn about the global success of primary maths teaching methods in Asia, and apply techniques to your own practice.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Discover how to use world-class maths teaching methods in your own lessons

Get an introduction to Asian maths teaching methods for primary education, with this course from Macmillan Education and University of Southampton.

On this course, you’ll find out about the key features of Asian maths teaching methods and what makes them so successful.

You’ll understand teaching principles from Singapore and Shanghai, and apply these to your own practice.

You’ll evaluate the performance of maths education in your own country, and compare this with Asian countries.

Finally, you’ll learn why teacher professional development is so important in Asian education systems.

What topics will you cover?

  • Exploring the international success of Asian education systems in primary mathematics teaching
  • The key features of Asian maths pedagogies
  • Understanding established principles from Singapore teaching methods, including Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract and the Model Method
  • Understanding established principles from Shanghai: Two Basics and Teaching with Variation
  • The role of professional development in Asian primary maths education

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the performance of your national maths education compared with those from Asian countries
  • Summarise the key features of Asian maths teaching methods
  • Evaluate several prominent teaching methods from Asian education systems
  • Reflect on the role of professional development in maths teaching

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for primary school teachers, school administrators and education policy makers, but may also be of interest to parents with children at primary school.

Who will you learn with?

Lianghuo Fan is Distinguished Professor and Director of Asian Centre for Maths Educ. at East China Normal University, Shanghai. Prior to this he was Professor in Education at Southampton Educ. School.

I am a Professor in Mathematics Education within Southampton Education School. I specialise in international comparative research and the use of technology.

John Schulz is the Director of the SEds Video & Digital Media Studio and a Principal Teaching Fellow within Southampton Education School. John teaches on a wide variety of MSc and Doctoral programmes.

Marcus Grace is Professor of Science Education at the University of Southampton, UK. He has considerable experience in STEM education and training around the world.

I am a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Southampton. My particular area of interest is early mathematics learning and development.

Who developed the course?

Macmillan Education

Macmillan Education is part of the Springer Nature group that includes nature, Scientific American and Springer, prestigious brands that have published ground-breaking research for over 150 years.

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