Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States by Liping Ma

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States

Book Title: Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415873843

Author: Liping Ma


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