Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the U.S., Liping Ma, 1999. xxv + 166 pp., $19.95 paper. ISBN 0-8058-2909-1. Lawrence Eribaum Associates, 10 Industrial Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262, (800) 926-0657.
The contributions of this book are multifaceted. The author not only examines and compares the ways that American and Chinese teachers approach various topics but also presents a conclusion. The target audience are the educators who teach mathematics to future teachers.
The book contains seven elaborately detailed chapters. Its topics include subtraction with regrouping, multidigit-number multiplication, division of fractions, the relationship between perimeter and area, teachers' subject-matter knowledge, and a conclusion. Although it appears that the book is a comparative study, it also contributes to theory, the practice of mathematics teaching, the preparation of preservice teachers, and the need for teachers to know and understand the content of mathematics. …