ERIC Number: EJ778810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematical Literacy of School Leaving Pupils in South Africa
Howie, S.; Plomp, T.
International Journal of Educational Development, v22 n6 p603-615 Nov 2002
This paper discusses some results of South African (SA) grade 12 pupils on an international test of mathematical literacy, administered in the framework of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Three questions are addressed: (1) What are the strengths and weaknesses of SA school-leavers in mathematical reasoning and social utility from an international comparative perspective? (2) What is the growth of SA pupils' mathematical literacy from grade 8 to 12? (3) What are the background variables that influence the level of mathematical literacy of SA school-leavers? Finally some implications of the results for SA education will be discussed.
Descriptors: Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematical Logic, Student Development, Student Characteristics, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa