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Testimonials: Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, Anniversary Edition

This second edition includes the original studies that compare U.S and Chinese elementary teachers’ mathematical understanding, and offers a framework for grasping the mathematical content necessary to develop the thinking of school children.

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"Both sides in the math wars claim Dr. Ma as their own. Districts have distributed her book to teachers. Its broad appeal offers some hope for common ground in math education....we will continue fights over whether children should be taught arithmetic rules or theory. What Dr. Ma shows is that we need both."
—The New York Times
"Ma's book is a significant contribution to mathematics education because it begins to tackle the important and complex question of what is mathematical knowledge for elementary teaching. In doing so, she helps us to understand elementary mathematics as a complex and demanding subject that is to be taken seriously."
—Contemporary Psychology
"The book is earning praise both from some of those who support changes proposed in the NCTM Standards and from some of those who oppose them, and it is sparking discussion. It is also helping to unify some disparate forces in mathematics education on at least a few ideas for continuing positive changes....[the book] provides some food for thought for everyone involved in improving mathematics education."
—NCTM News Bulletin
"Must reading for those who call for more mathematics and those who champion reform pedagogy in teacher education."
"Ma's work has been well received on both sides of the so-called math wars....Supporters of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) reform agenda are pleased by her stress on real understanding as opposed to mere computational competence."
—American Scientist

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