1. Meixia Ding
  2. Associate Professor
  4. Temple University
  1. Eli Barnett
  3. Temple University
  1. Monica Manfredonia
  3. Temple University

CAREER: Algebraic Knowledge for Teaching: A Cross-cultural Perspective

NSF Awards: 1350068

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

Video as a Tool to Support Teacher Learning in a Cross-cultural Context

Although videos are recommended as powerful tool for teacher learning, we don’t know much about how they may support elementary teachers’ learning from international peers in a cross-cultural setting. Using well-selected 25 video clips of early algebra lessons taught by US and Chinese expert elementary teachers in our project, we invited the participating teachers to watch and comment on each others’ video clips, first through online platforms and then followed up with in-person workshops. Based on the data, we ask: (1) Do US and Chinese teachers show interests in their international peers’ videos? (2) What different or same aspects do US and Chinese teachers notice about the videos? (3) What do US and Chinese teachers learn from their international counterparts’ videos. Results indicate that the cross-cultural videos effectively contribute to teachers’ profound reflections on established teaching habits through noticing cultural differences in teaching. It is expected that our findings can shed light on how videos may be used to support the international collaboration on improving elementary mathematics instruction.

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