Mathematics in the US and Japan Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the higher level of mathematics in Japan versus the United States.
# 151566 | 1,709 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2012 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Asian Studies (General) , Mathematics (General)

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The paper relates that US students often show lower test scores in understanding mathematics, while Asian students consistently score higher. The paper reviews the literature and finds that the Asian cultures and methods of instruction are more successful in educating their students. The paper concludes that American schools should implement the Japanese techniques if they wish to keep up with their Asian counterparts.

Identification and Investigation
Why the Question was Chosen
Review of Literature
Collection of Data
Analysis and Interpretation

From the Paper:

"The data indicates that students in Japan and the United States learn differently because of cultural differences, but because of educational differences, as well. The CSM editors continue, "US math classes tend to begin with an explanation by the teacher, followed by the students working on their own at related problems. Japanese teachers generally start by tossing out a problem and requiring students to grapple with it, often in groups" (Editors, 2000). In addition, Japanese teachers are more flexible, and they work together as teams to create better lesson plans. The editors continue, "Teachers plan lessons as a team, and observe one another in the classroom. Sometimes a single lesson will be polished over the course of years. Particularly successful lessons are shared on a national basis" (Editors, 2000). Clearly, the Japanese use different and unique teaching techniques, and they seem to be more effective in teaching math to their students.
"The findings are that while American schools do some things well, they are markedly behind in mathematics in many areas. Studies show that the methods American teachers use are not as effective as those Japanese teachers use, and that Japanese students are more creative in their learning techniques, which makes learning math more fun and exciting."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bharucha, J. (2008). America can teach Asia a lot about science, technology, and math.Chronicle of Higher Education; Vol. 54 Issue 20, pA33-A34.
  • Cotter, J. (2009). Right start mathematics. Retrieved 13 Nov. 2009 from the Web site: 1-5.
  • Editors. (2000). How Japanese students learn math. Christian Science Monitor; Vol. 92 Issue 127, p17.
  • Geracimos, A. (2007). Inquiring Minds Want to Know; Educators Discuss New Ways to Help Students Learn Science. The Washington Times, p. B01.
  • Lee, K.S, & Carrasquillo, A. (2006). Korean college students in United States: perceptions of professors and students. College Student Journal; Vol. 40 Issue 2, p442-456.

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