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ERIC Number: EJ835495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Pre-Service Geometry Education in South Africa: A Typical Case?
van der Sandt, Suriza
Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, v1 May 2007
A two year study investigating the state of pre-service teachers' (PTs') (n=224), teachers' (n=18) and students' knowledge (n=123) of Grade 7 geometry (using the van Hiele theory (1986) and acquisition scales of Gutierrez, Jaime & Fortuny (1991)) is reported. Results indicate that both teachers and PTs fail to reach the expected level of geometric thinking and degree of acquisition. A relationship between student learning and the teachers' pre-service education and years of teaching experience seems to exist. Some pre-service preparation programs had no significant impact by either maintaining or positively impacting on the already attained thought levels. Results may hold implications for pre- and in-service training. Features of an improved program are suggested. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa