International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Influence of the Reformed Mathematics Textbooks on Student Achievement in China
Zhonghe Wu

Abstract
The goal of this study was to examine the effects of the reformed textbooks on Chinese fourth graders’ mathematics achievement through a balanced cognitive approach: Model-Strategy-Application (MSA). Data were collected from 4419 Chinese fourth graders in 36 schools from six cities in China in 2007. MANOVA and ANOVA tests were used to determine the effects of using the reformed textbook and non-reformed textbook on student achievement in the MSA areas. The results indicated a significant difference in three aspects of the MSA in student mathematics achievement between two groups. However, both groups had low score Strategy for computations. The finding suggests the need to balance mathematics pedagogy with teaching, learning, and assessment.

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