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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
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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
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Roux, Annalie; Nieuwoudt, Hercules; Nieuwoudt, Susan – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
It is a known fact that South African learners underachieve in mathematics. One possible factor that might have an influence on their mathematics achievement is the conceptual knowledge of mathematics teachers. In order to facilitate conceptual understanding, mathematics teachers themselves must possess profound mathematical knowledge. One key…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Achievement
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Mkhize, Msizi Vitalis; Maistry, Suriamurthee Moonsamy – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Mathematics proficiency has an acknowledged impact on students' accounting grades. Success in this core business subject is dependent on students' mathematical aptitude, attitude and type of secondary schooling. Our study investigated accounting students' attitudes to mathematics on domains of the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales…
Descriptors: Accounting, Student Teacher Attitudes, Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematical Aptitude
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Botha, Hanlie; van Putten, Sonja – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Mathematical literacy (ML) is a compulsory subject in South Africa for those learners who choose not to do mathematics to Grade 12 level. ML is designed to enable a learner to become a self-managing person by providing opportunities to analyse and solve real-life problems through the mathematisation of contextual situations. The subject thus lends…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Mathematics Teachers, Problem Solving
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Paolucci, Catherine; Wessels, Helena – Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
This study examined preservice teachers' (PSTs) capacity to create mathematical modeling problems (MMPs) for grades 1 to 3. PSTs created MMPs for their choice of grade level and aligned the mathematical content of their MMPs with the relevant mathematics curriculum. PSTs were given criteria adapted from Galbraith's MMP design principles to guide…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Models, Elementary School Mathematics, Questioning Techniques
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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
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Adler, Jill; Alshwaikh, Jehad; Essack, Regina; Gcsamba, Lizeka – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article reports a review of research in mathematics education in South Africa published in local and international journals in the period 2007-2015. The purpose of the review was to describe the landscape of mathematics education research in the country over the past (almost) decade. Findings indicate that the mathematics education research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Mathematics Education, Literature Reviews
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Mutodi, Paul; Chigonga, Benard – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
This paper reports on teachers' views on concept mapping: its applicability; reliability; advantages and; difficulties. A close-ended questionnaire was administered to 50 purposefully selected secondary school mathematics teachers from Sekhukhune District, Limpopo, South Africa. The findings indicate that mathematics teachers generally perceive…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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North, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Current practices in the South African secondary school subject Mathematical Literacy afford a limiting education experience for thousands of learners, the majority of whom are black and located in poor socio-economic environments: learners are confronted with pseudo-realistic contexts and engage only elementary mathematical contents. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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van Jaarsveld, Pieter – Perspectives in Education, 2016
Pre-service secondary mathematics teachers have a poor command of the exact language of mathematics as evidenced in assignments, micro-lessons and practicums. The unrelenting notorious annual South African National Senior Certificate outcomes in mathematics and the recognition by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) that the correct use of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Mathematics Teachers, Action Research
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Arends, Fabian; Winnaar, Lolita; Mosimege, Mogege – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Teachers play an important role in the provision of quality education. The variety of classroom practices they use in interacting with learners play a critical role in the understanding of mathematical concepts and overall performance in Mathematics. Following the work done by Hattie (2009, 2012) in relation to classroom practices this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Chikiwa, Clemence; Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
This paper reports on a study that investigated teacher code switching consistency and precision in multilingual secondary school mathematics classrooms in South Africa. Data was obtained through interviewing and observing five lessons of each of three mathematics teachers purposively selected from three township schools in the Eastern Cape…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Techniques
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le Roux, Kate; Adler, Jill – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016
Mathematical problems that make links to the everyday and to disciplines other than mathematics--variously referred to as practical, realistic, real-world or applied problems in the literature--feature in school and undergraduate mathematics reforms aimed at increasing mathematics participation in contexts of inequity and diversity. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Mathematics, Majors (Students)
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Machaba, France; Mwakapenda, Willy – Africa Education Review, 2016
This article emerged from an analysis of learners' responses to a task presented to learners studying Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy (ML) in Gauteng, South Africa. Officially, Mathematics and ML are two separate learning areas. Learners from Grade 10 onwards are supposed to take either one or the other, but not both. This means that by…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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