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International comparison studies have found significantly different levels of achievement and practice in mathematics education in the East and West. Asian educational systems generally produce students with a strong grasp of the content knowledge, with higher scores on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Western systems have strengths applying knowledge to real life situations. Many Western economies are among the most scientifically innovative in terms of such indicators as new scientific patents. The pressing issue is how to combine the best of both systems.

Mathematics Education was one of the priority areas established at the 5th APEC Education Ministers Meeting in 2012. Developing effective, innovative strategies to enhance mathematical education will further develop students' logical thinking and cognitive skills, along with promoting creativity and flexibility. These skills can also be a basis for the students to acquire practical knowledge about disaster risks and related competencies and apply them to real-world problems. The Ministerial Paper offers more details on APEC member economies' commitment to improving mathematics education.

This portal contains information about current and ongoing projects related to mathematics education, as well as relevant reports and external links. In addition, numerous videos of Lesson Study research lessons and sample assessments are included.

APEC Project Activities

This project represents a unique case-study collaboration that brought together teacher training institutions in seven Economies (Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States) to identify promising and transferable strategies for enhancing recruitment, preparation, and induction of novice secondary math and science teachers. Cross-cutting themes that emerged from the work include:

    • The importance of collaboration between teacher education institutes and secondary schools in the design and development of mechanisms for developing pre-service including induction and beginning teachers’ nascent pedagogical content knowledge (PCK),
    • The benefits of embedding research within pre-service teachers’ education as a means of strengthening the research-practice nexus, and
    • The potential for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to transform teacher education as well as teaching.

Cross-economy assessment tasks to evaluate pre-service teachers’ areas of strength in both content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge were piloted in mathematics and science. Further developing these innovative assessment pilots offers an exciting avenue for ongoing work. It would also be valuable to examine in-depth mechanisms for the systematic evaluation of teacher preparation programmes.

Click here to access a comprehensive list of APEC Project activities


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APEC Reports

To access reports prior to 2011, click here.
Japanese Mathematics Class

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Videos of Lesson Study Research Lessons: APEC's Classroom Innovations through Lesson Study project provides videos of research lessons highlighting this process with segment by segment analysis.

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)