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Modzuka, Charlotte; Long, Caroline; Machaba, France – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of the Annual National Assessment (ANA) Grade 6 Mathematics assessment instrument, administered in the year 2012 guided by the main question: to what extent does the 2012 Grade 6 Mathematics assessment instrument provide meaningful and consistent information for making appropriate…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Foreign Countries, Grade 6, Mathematics Instruction
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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
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Stols, Gerrit; Long, Caroline; Dunne, Tim – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
The purpose of this study is to apply the Rasch model to investigate both the Van Hiele theory for geometric development and an associated test. In terms of the test, the objective is to investigate the functioning of a classic 25-item instrument designed to identify levels of geometric proficiency. The dataset of responses by 244 students (106…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Concepts
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Long, Caroline; Dunne, Tim; Craig, Tracy S. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
In the transition years, Grades 7 to 9, the shift from natural numbers to rational numbers and the associated multiplicative concepts prove challenging for many learners. The new concepts, operations and notation must be mastered if the student is to thereafter rise to meet the challenges of algebra and more advanced and powerful mathematics. The…
Descriptors: Multiplication, Mathematics Skills, Item Response Theory, Mathematical Concepts