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Umugiraneza, Odette; Bansilal, Sarah; North, Delia – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018
Paying attention to the planning of lessons represents a crucial teaching task. This paper analyses teachers' framing of lesson objectives and their descriptions of how they would introduce particular mathematics topics. Connections between the objectives and the instructional strategies employed, were also studied. The study involved 75 South…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Teachers
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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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van der Hoff, Quay; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
This study focuses on the mathematics department at a South African university and in particular on teaching of calculus to first year engineering students. The paper reports on a cause-effect analysis, often used for business improvement. The cause-effect analysis indicates that there are many factors that impact on secondary school teaching of…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Calculus, Engineering Education, Teaching Models
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Bansilal, Sarah – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
Inflation rates are often reported in the media and interpreted differently by various people. The purpose of the study was to explore mathematical literacy teachers' written responses to questions based on the concept of percentage increase and inflation. The participants were a group of 59 in-service South African teachers who were enrolled on a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Economic Climate, Faculty Development, Mathematics Instruction
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Wiggins, Harry; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
This paper presents an enrichment case study to showcase a possible avenue for attending to the needs of academically strong mathematics students. We report on a group of university students who were presented with the opportunity of exploring a specific first year mathematics topic deeper, using an inquiry-based learning approach as part of an…
Descriptors: Enrichment, Enrichment Activities, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Kizito, Rita; Munyakazi, Justin; Basuayi, Clement – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
In spite of sustained efforts tertiary institutions implement to try and improve student academic performance, the number of students succeeding in first-year mathematics courses remains disturbingly low. For most students, the gap between their mathematical capability and the competencies they are expected and need to develop to function…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Surveys
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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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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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Hoadley, Susan; Tickle, Leonie; Wood, Leigh N.; Kyng, Tim – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
Graduates with well-developed capabilities in finance are invaluable to our society and in increasing demand. Universities face the challenge of designing finance programmes to develop these capabilities and the essential knowledge that underpins them. Our research responds to this challenge by identifying threshold concepts that are central to…
Descriptors: Curriculum, Finance Occupations, Online Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Julie, Cyril – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
One of the efforts to improve and enhance the performance and achievement in mathematics of learners is the incorporation of life-related contexts in mathematics teaching and assessments. These contexts are normally, with good reasons, decided upon by curriculum makers, textbook authors, teachers and constructors of examinations and tests.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Relevance (Education), Student Interests, Preferences
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Mofolo-Mbokane, Batseba; Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
The study aims to identify areas of difficulty in learning about volumes of solids of revolution (VSOR) at a Further Education and Training college in South Africa. Students' competency is evaluated along five skill factors which refer to knowledge skills required to succeed in performing tasks relating to applications of the definite integral, in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geometry, Difficulty Level, Graphs
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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; Bergsten, Christer; Kagesten, Owe – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
This article reports on a collaboration project between South Africa and Sweden, in which we want to investigate whether the emphasis in undergraduate mathematics courses for engineering students should be more conceptual than the current traditional way of teaching. On the basis of a review of the distinction between conceptual and procedural…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Test Items, Foreign Countries
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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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Steyn, Tobia; Plessis, Ina Du – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007
Research with first year engineering students on an extended programme at the University of Pretoria indicates that competence in mathematics can be enhanced through academic support that combines the development of mathematical and non-mathematical skills. This paper investigates the effect of this approach on students' performance in mathematics…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, High Risk Students, Feedback (Response), Foreign Countries
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