UK continues to expand cooperation with China in math education

Updated 2018-03-01 15:40:01

The UK continued to expand cooperation with China in mathematics education to improve its students' mathematical ability, reported.

During British Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to China earlier this year, the UK and China reached agreements on a series of educational cooperation programmes with total value of 550 million pounds (about 4.79 billion yuan), including extending the England-China math teacher exchange programme to 2020, according to BBC.

Through the programme launched by China and the UK in 2014, the Chinese decimal multiplication table, which can assist people to memorize multiplication up to 9×9 with ease, was introduced by Chinese math teachers to British students.

British media, including the Guardian, reported that Chinese teachers are bringing the art of math to British schools.

What impressed British teachers a lot is Chinese teachers' unique teaching methodologies.

British media said that students are required to acquire the same knowledge repeatedly, and their ability is gradually improved as the courses goes deeper. In addition, Chinese math teachers continually correct errors that students make to make sure that all students can keep up with the course.

The Chinese teachers' method in teaching math is not rote memorization, it attaches much importance to the understanding of concepts, said Charlie Stripp, director at the National Center for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (UK), adding that remembering the multiplication table is the foundation for students to learn math.

Moreover, since September 2017, some UK primary schools adopted math textbooks, exercise books, and teachers' guides published by the Shanghai Century Publishing (SCP), which were widely welcomed by British students and teachers.

Test results of the 2013 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that Shanghai students ranked on top for math, while British students ranked 26th.

The Department for Education of the UK announced in July 2016 that it would allocate million for 8,000 primary schools in the country for the purpose of introducing math learning methods from Asian countries, especially China.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58March 20 2018 00:41:52

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16March 20 2018 00:41:52

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18March 20 2018 00:41:52

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords