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Brown, Bruce J. L. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014

Mathematical engagement is a complex process of interaction between the person and the world. This interaction is strongly influenced by the concepts and structure of the mathematical field, by the practical and symbolic tools of mathematics and by the focus of investigation in the world. This paper reports on research that involves a detailed…

Descriptors: Interaction, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Graduate Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nyaumwe, Lovemore J. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011

This paper presents some internet aesthetic texts collected over a period of two years through chain message communications with colleagues located in different parts of the world. The aesthetic texts are grouped into four themes of mathematical magic, values, beauty, and prediction. Mathematical magic aesthetics show fascinating things that can…

Descriptors: Internet, Aesthetics, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills

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

Biccard, Piera; Wessels, Dirk – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

This article looks at the development of mathematisation in a primary school mathematics teacher's classroom. The teacher was a volunteer in a professional development programme that promoted didactisation principles for mathematics teacher development. At the heart of didactisation lies the principle of mathematisation. Mathematisation as a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers

Craig, Tracy S. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016

Mathematical problem-solving is notoriously difficult to teach in a standard university mathematics classroom. The project on which this article reports aimed to investigate the effect of the writing of explanatory strategies in the context of mathematical problem solving on problem-solving behaviour. This article serves to describe the…

Descriptors: Expository Writing, Mathematical Logic, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries

Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016

Enactivism, as an interesting and useful theoretical underpinning is gaining traction in Mathematics Education research. It forms the central theme of this paper whose aim is two-fold: first to describe and engage with how elements of enactivism informed a PhD study, both on a theoretical and analytical level, and second to reflect on the enacted…

Descriptors: Models, Research, Supervisors, Foreign Countries

Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe; Nchejane, John; Ramollo, Motlatsi; Rammea, Lisema – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

The reported study explored undergraduate science students' validation and comprehension of written proofs, reasons given either to accept or reject mathematical procedures employed in the proofs, and the difficulties students encountered in reading the proofs. The proofs were constructed using both the Comparison and the Integral tests in the…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Students, Mathematical Logic, Validity

Mpofu, Sihlobosenkosi; Pournara, Craig – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018

The study investigated learners' mathematical discourse on the hyperbola from a commognitive perspective, and focused on algebraic, graphic, and numeric representations of the hyperbola. Task-based interviews were conducted with five Grade 10 learners from a township school. Learners' mathematical discourse was analysed by means of the Discourse…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Geometric Concepts, Discourse Analysis, Grade 10

Phage, Itumeleng B.; Lemmer, Miriam; Hitge, Mariette – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

Students' graph comprehension may be affected by the background of the students who are the readers or interpreters of the graph, their knowledge of the context in which the graph is set, and the inferential processes required by the graph operation. This research study investigated these aspects of graph comprehension for 152 first year…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graphs, Comprehension, Cognitive Processes