ERIC Number: ED241285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Goals of Mathematics Education in Africa.
Eshiwani, George S.
This study concerns the goals of school mathematics in the curricula of African schools. Concerns about the state of mathematics education are noted: not only is achievement declining, but also there has been (1) a student population explosion, so that goals formulated two decades ago are no longer applicable, and (2) rapid growth of informatics (use of calculators and computers) and increased use of mathematics. Five questions were considered: (1) Who were the main agents of curriculum change? (2) What factors led to the changes? (3) What actual changes took place? (4) What were some of the major constraints? (5) What minimum competencies are expected? A questionnaire was mailed to 41 mathematicians or mathematics educators in 30 African countries, seeking information on educational structure and student population, major general goals of education, goals of mathematics at the primary and secondary levels, content of primary and secondary mathematics, curriculum changes of the 1960s and 1970s, the most important goals (minimum competencies), agents of curriculum change, time devoted to mathematics teaching, and language of instruction. Data from reporting countries are presented and discussed under these headings. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Kenyatta Univ. College, Nairobi (Kenya). Bureau of Educational Research.
Identifiers: Africa; Kenya; Mathematics Education Research
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