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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
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Mhlolo, Michael Kainose – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The concept of pattern recognition lies at the heart of numerous deliberations concerned with new mathematics curricula, because it is strongly linked to improved generalised thinking. However none of these discussions has made the deceptive nature of patterns an object of exploration and understanding. Yet there is evidence showing that pattern…
Descriptors: Pattern Recognition, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 11, Algebra
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van Zyl, Sukie; Mentz, Elsa; Havenga, Marietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
As part of curriculum changes in South Africa, an introductory programming language, Scratch, must first be taught before switching to the well-established teaching of Delphi. The nature of programming in Scratch is considerably different from that in Delphi. It was assumed that the teaching of Scratch as introductory programming language could…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Programming Languages, Teaching Methods, Guidelines
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Mudaly, Vimolan – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Within the South African school curriculum, the section on graphical functional relationships consists of signs which include symbols, notation and imagery. In a previous article we explored the role visualisation played in the way learners understood mathematical concepts. That paper reported on the learners' fixation with the physical features…
Descriptors: Visualization, Semiotics, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Teaching
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Kazeni, Monde; Onwu, Gilbert – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
The study aimed to determine the comparative effectiveness of context-based and traditional teaching approaches in enhancing student achievement in genetics, problem-solving, science inquiry and decision-making skills, and attitude towards the study of life sciences. A mixed method but essentially quantitative research approach involving a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Genetics, Science Instruction, Problem Solving