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Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
In keeping with the national mandate of increasing graduates in the sciences in South Africa, a concerted effort in improving the first year experience becomes imperative. First year mathematics courses commonly provide the base knowledge necessary for progression in different degree programmes at university. Success in mathematics courses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, College Freshmen
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Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Verwey, Amanda – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011
The supplemental instruction (SI) programme has been well-established worldwide and the resulting success of the programme is indisputable. The University of Pretoria has decided on SI as the model to be used for addressing the underpreparedness of students entering the university, largely brought about by the changes in the curricula at secondary…
Descriptors: Supplementary Education, Curriculum Implementation, Large Group Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
This article is a follow-up of a study conducted in 2000 by the same authors on trends in numbers of mathematics majors at South African universities. Data from 12 universities for the 2000-2007 period is investigated. The previously observed trend of general and dramatic decrease in numbers of mathematics majors appears to have been reversed and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Wood, Leigh N.; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007
Measurement of the quality of teaching activities is becoming increasingly important since universities are rewarding performance in terms of promotion, awards and bonuses and research is no longer the only key performance indicator. Good teaching is not easy to identify and measure. This paper specifically deals with the issue of good teaching in…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Teacher Evaluation