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ERIC Number: EJ1135147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0256-0100
International Comparisons of Foundation Phase Number Domain Mathematics Knowledge and Practice Standards
Human, Anja; van der Walt, Marthie; Posthuma, Barbara
South African Journal of Education, v35 n1 Article 944 Feb 2015
Poor mathematics performance in schools is both a national and an international concern. Teachers ought to be equipped with relevant subject matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge as one way to address this problem. However, no mathematics knowledge and practice standards have as yet been defined for the preparation of Foundation Phase student teachers in South Africa. To make recommendations for the drafting of such standards for final year Foundation Phase teachers, we compared different policy documents. We performed a document analysis on policy documents from South Africa, The Netherlands, Australia and North Carolina (United States of America), all of which addressed the number domain in mathematics. Our findings indicate that knowledge standards ought to include subject matter knowledge, while practice standards require pedagogical content knowledge, noting that neither of these are fulfilled in the education system in South Africa at present.
Education Association of South Africa. University of Pretoria, Centre for the Study of Resilience, Level 3, Groenkloof Student Centre, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, George Storrar Road and Lleyds Street, Pretoria 0001, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-5798; Fax: +27-12-420-5511; Web site: http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/index
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; Netherlands; Australia; North Carolina