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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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Venkat, Hamsa – International Journal of STEM Education, 2015
Background: In this paper, I share a case study of a teacher's work on mathematics tasks in the context of a 'mathematics for teaching' course aiming to develop mathematical content understandings and mathematical practices among primary teachers in one South African province. The course was developed in a national context of concerns about the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Case Studies, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Teachers
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van Jaarsveld, Pieter Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper analyses student teachers' meta-narratives associated with 'doing' mathematics. The quality of the vocabulary associated with the doing of the mathematical objects of a sample of 56 multilingual third-year mathematics methodology students preparing to be secondary teachers was explored and assessed. Sfard's theoretical concept of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Personal Narratives, Vocabulary, Student Teachers
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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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Robertson, Sally-Ann; Graven, Mellony – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2018
This paper proposes a transdisciplinary framework to allow for a multifocal exploration of classroom talk practices. It draws on data from a broader study of talk in South African Grade 4 mathematics classrooms where the language of teaching and learning (English) was the home language for neither the teachers nor their students. Lesson transcript…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Plotz, Mariana; Froneman, Sonica; Nieuwoudt, Hercules – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
In this paper we offer a theoretical discussion on the mathematical content knowledge development of secondary school mathematics teachers. We discuss relevant studies from literature and use different views and conceptions of school mathematics to propose a model to develop or transform the mathematical content knowledge of secondary school…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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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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Roberts, Nicky; Venkat, Hamsa – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
In this article, Mason's 'discipline of noticing' is used to theorise a reflective process for changing mathematics teaching in a challenging context. The methodological approach was guided by critical reflective processes that produced, firstly, a descriptive 'account-of' an unsuccessful mathematics lesson, followed by layers of analyses drawing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Behavior Problems
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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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