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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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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
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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
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Tsanwani, Avhasei; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Maree, Kobus – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Under-performance in mathematics is a challenge in South African schools. The purpose of this study is to advance views expressed by teachers and learners on factors that facilitate learners' performance in mathematics. The participants in this research were educators and learners from historically disadvantaged schools from similar socio-economic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, High Achievement
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Gerber, Ans; Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie; Rogan, John – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2005
Understanding abstract concepts and ideas in mathematics, if instruction takes place in the first language of the student, is difficult. Yet worldwide students often have to master mathematics via a second or third language. The majority of students in South Africa--a country with eleven official languages--has to face this difficulty. In a…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)