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Bergsten, Christer; Engelbrecht, Johann; Kågesten, Owe – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017

One challenge for an optimal design of the mathematical components in engineering education curricula is to understand how the procedural and conceptual dimensions of mathematical work can be matched with different demands and contexts from the education and practice of engineers. The focus in this paper is on how engineering students respond to…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Comparative Analysis, College Mathematics

Engelbrecht, Johann; Bergsten, Christer; Kågesten, Owe – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2017

The research interest underpinning this paper concerns the type of mathematical knowledge engineering students may acquire during their specialised education in terms of the conceptual and procedural dimensions of doing and using mathematics. This study draws on interviews with 25 qualified engineers from South Africa and Sweden regarding their…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Engineering Education, Professional Personnel, Foreign Countries

Engelbrecht, Johann; Mwambakana, Jeanine – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016

The purpose of mathematics competitions, and in our case the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), is to promote problem solving skills and strategies, to generate interest and enthusiasm for mathematics and to identify the most talented mathematical minds. SAMO is organised in two divisions--a junior and a senior division--over three rounds.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Junior High School Students, Competition, Foreign Countries

Borba, Marcelo C.; Askar, Petek; Engelbrecht, Johann; Gadanidis, George; Llinares, Salvador; Aguilar, Mario Sánchez – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2016

In this literature survey we focus on identifying recent advances in research on digital technology in the field of mathematics education. To conduct the survey we have used internet search engines with keywords related to mathematics education and digital technology and have reviewed some of the main international journals, including the ones in…

Descriptors: Blended Learning, Electronic Learning, Mathematics Education, Influence of Technology

Wiggins, Harry; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This paper presents an enrichment case study to showcase a possible avenue for attending to the needs of academically strong mathematics students. We report on a group of university students who were presented with the opportunity of exploring a specific first year mathematics topic deeper, using an inquiry-based learning approach as part of an…

Descriptors: Enrichment, Enrichment Activities, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2010

The transition process to advanced mathematical thinking is experienced as traumatic by many students. Experiences that students had of school mathematics differ greatly to what is expected from them at university. Success in school mathematics meant application of different methods to get an answer. Students are not familiar with logical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Logic, Student Experience

van der Nest, Adri; Long, Caroline; Engelbrecht, Johann – South African Journal of Education, 2018

Although buoyed by the induction of a democratic government, and the high ideals of our constitution, the South African education system has in many ways not met the expectations of its people, in this case, the mathematics education community. With the birth of an expansive intended curriculum came the monitoring of the outcomes through systemic…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Formative Evaluation, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

In keeping with the national mandate of increasing graduates in the sciences in South Africa, a concerted effort in improving the first year experience becomes imperative. First year mathematics courses commonly provide the base knowledge necessary for progression in different degree programmes at university. Success in mathematics courses…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, College Freshmen

Wood, Leigh N.; Mather, Glyn; Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie; Houston, Ken; Smith, Geoff H.; Perrett, Gillian – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012

We report on an international study about mathematics students' ideas of how they will use mathematics in their future study and careers. This builds on our previous research into students' conceptions of mathematics. In this paper, we use data from two groups of students studying mathematics: those who participated in an in-depth interview and…

Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Education

Houston, Ken; Mather, Glyn; Wood, Leigh N.; Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Smith, Geoff H. – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2010

We have been investigating university student conceptions of mathematics over a number of years, with the goal of enhancing student learning and professional development. We developed an open-ended survey of three questions, on "What is mathematics" and two questions about the role of mathematics in the students' future. This…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, College Mathematics

Potgieter, Marietjie; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2008

Students in undergraduate chemistry courses find, as a rule, topics with a strong mathematical basis difficult to master. In this study we investigate whether such mathematically related problems are due to deficiencies in their mathematics foundation or due to the complexity introduced by transfer of mathematics to a new scientific domain. In the…

Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Science Process Skills, Chemistry, Mathematical Logic

Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

This article is a follow-up of a study conducted in 2000 by the same authors on trends in numbers of mathematics majors at South African universities. Data from 12 universities for the 2000-2007 period is investigated. The previously observed trend of general and dramatic decrease in numbers of mathematics majors appears to have been reversed and…

Descriptors: Majors (Students), Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Engelbrecht, Johann; Bergsten, Christer; Kagesten, Owe – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

This article reports on a collaboration project between South Africa and Sweden, in which we want to investigate whether the emphasis in undergraduate mathematics courses for engineering students should be more conceptual than the current traditional way of teaching. On the basis of a review of the distinction between conceptual and procedural…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Test Items, Foreign Countries

Billman, Anneli; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

The purpose of this case study is to explore the integration of technology into teaching at a mathematics department at a large South African University. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected from staff teaching undergraduate mathematics. The study shows that many staff members feel that chalkboards are still more suitable than…

Descriptors: Chalkboards, Mathematics Instruction, Technology Integration, Comparative Analysis

Bergsten, Christer; Engelbrecht, Johann; Kågesten, Owe – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

This study forms part of a collaboration project between universities in South Africa and Sweden in which we investigate whether the emphasis in undergraduate mathematics courses for engineering students would benefit from being more conceptually oriented than a traditional more procedurally oriented way of teaching. In this paper, we report in…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Engineering, Engineering Education