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Iwuanyanwu, Paul Nnanyereugo; Ogunniyi, Meshach Bolaji – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2020

The aim of the study was to determine the effects of a dialogical argumentation instructional model (DAIM) on pre-service teachers' ability to solve conceptual maths-in-physics (MIP) problems. Using a quasi-experimental design the study included two equal groups of pre-service teachers (N = 40) to follow two instructional methods in which the…

Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers

Mwadzaangati, Lisnet; Kazima, Mercy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019

Understanding the proof problem is necessary in the development of geometric proof in schools. This paper discusses findings from a qualitative case study which explored the mathematical work done by teachers in helping students to understand geometric proof problems. Data were generated from two teachers through video-recorded observations of 30…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Geometry, Mathematical Logic

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

du Toit, Adri; Gaotlhobogwe, Mike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018

Technology is a school subject that forms part of the compulsory curriculum for high school learners in South Africa, and is a core theme in the subject Design and Technology in Botswana high schools. Knowledge and production skills acquired in the subject are applied to solve real-life problems consistent with the steps of the design process. The…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Entrepreneurship, Design

Chirinda, Brantina; Barmby, Patrick – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018

The South African curriculum emphasizes the teaching of problem solving in mathematics. However, little is known about South African teachers' views on the teaching of mathematical problem solving (MPS). The purpose of this study was to establish Grade 9 South African teachers' views, teaching strategies and the support required in their teaching…

Descriptors: Grade 9, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Potgieter, Pieter; Blignaut, Pieter – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018

The Department of Basic Education in South Africa has identified factorisation as a problem area in Mathematics teaching. Learners in earlier grades are exposed to mathematical tasks, involving concepts, such as factors of integers, fractions, equivalent fractions and prime numbers, that are easier to solve when the divisibility rules are applied.…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 4, Grade 5

Mensah, Alfred; Morabe, Olebogeng Nicodimus – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018

Previous research on students' difficulties in learning chemical equilibrium has shown that students hold misconceptions about this topic, and this often results in unintended learning. However, recent developments in human learning from the behavioural sciences perspective indicate that students' difficulties in learning are much more than…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Chemistry, Problem Solving

Long, Caroline; Wendt, Heike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

South Africa participated in TIMSS from 1995 to 2015. Over these two decades, some positive changes have been reported on the aggregated mathematics performance patterns of South African learners. This paper focuses on the achievement patterns of South Africa's high-performing Grade 9 learners (n = 3378) in comparison with similar subsamples of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Multiplication, Comparative Education

Herzog, Moritz; Ehlert, Antje; Fritz, Annemarie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

Although the general development of mathematical abilities in primary school has been the focus of many researchers, the development of place value understanding has rarely been investigated to date. This is possibly due to the lack of conceptual approaches and empirical studies related to this topic. To fill this gap, a theory-driven and…

Descriptors: Models, Number Concepts, Foreign Countries, Grade 2

Sibanda, Lucy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

The underperformance of South African learners in literacy and numeracy is a cause of concern, especially at the transition from Grade 3 to Grade 4. At Grade 4 in South Africa, the majority of learners begin learning in English, which to them is an additional language posing transition challenges of a linguistic nature. The sustained poor…

Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

Alant, Busisiwe P.; Sherwood, Marion P. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017

Literature suggests that drawing has an important role in the development of learning and thinking skills and the communication of ideas. However, the role and use of drawing by young learners within the process of designing is poorly understood. Working with 22 Grade 3 learners from a well-resourced school in KwaZulu-Natal, this study sought to…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Design

Jagals, Divan; van der Walt, Marthie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016

Metacognition encompasses knowledge and regulation that, through reflection, sustain problem solving behaviour. How metacognitive awareness is constructed from reflection on metacognitive knowledge and regulation and how these reflections enable metacognitive skills for Mathematics problem solving remain unclear. Three secondary schools…

Descriptors: Metacognition, Case Studies, Reflection, Problem Solving

Kazunga, Cathrine; Bansilal, Sarah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016

Ratio and proportion have many daily life applications and hence form an important part of the Mathematical Literacy (ML) curriculum in South African schools. The purpose of this study was to explore ML teachers' application of ratio in an assessment task with multiple measure spaces set within the real-life context of the need to establish the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts

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

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