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Roberts, Anthea; le Roux, Kate – Pythagoras, 2019
Concerns have been expressed that although learners may solve linear equations correctly they cannot draw on mathematically valid resources to explain their solutions or use their strategies in unfamiliar situations. This article provides a detailed qualitative analysis of the thinking of 15 Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners as they talk about their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Grade 8
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Ngcoza, Kenneth; Southwood, Sue – Pythagoras, 2019
This article is the result of a professional collaboration between two educationists (working originally in the fields of mathematics and science education), who share a passion for exploring collaborative approaches to the professional development of educators. It extends ideas explored in earlier work by focusing on the concept of professional…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Alex, Jogymol; Mammen, Kuttikkattu J. – Pythagoras, 2018
After a long six-year lapse, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement introduced in 2012 included geometry as part of the South African Grade 12 Mathematics Paper 2. The first cohort of matriculation students wrote Paper 2 in 2014. This article reports on the understanding of geometry terminology with which a group of 154 first-year…
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Vocabulary, Rural Areas
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Okitowamba, Onyumbe; Julie, Cyril; Mbekwa, Monde – Pythagoras, 2018
Various efforts are underway to improve achievement in high-stakes examinations in school mathematics. This article reports on one such initiative which focuses on the development of quality teaching of school mathematics by embedding it within an examination-driven emphasis. A quantitative approach was used to analyse the performance of Grade 10…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Grade 10
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Maoto, Satsope; Masha, Kwena; Mokwana, Lekwa – Pythagoras, 2018
This article focuses mainly on two key mathematical processes (representation, and reasoning and proof). Firstly, we observed how teachers learn these processes and subsequently identify what and how to assess learners on the same processes. Secondly, we reviewed one teacher's attempt to facilitate the learning of the processes in his classroom.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Secondary School Mathematics
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Mabotja, Samuel; Chuene, Kabelo; Maoto, Satsope; Kibirige, Israel – Pythagoras, 2018
This article uses parts of qualitative data from the first author's study that focused on exploring Pirie and Kieren's process of "folding back," revisiting previously held understandings of a concept for its extended understanding in order to solve the problem of enhancing Grade 10 learners' reasoning in geometry. In South Africa,…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Thinking Skills
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Million Chauraya; Brodie, Karin – Pythagoras, 2018
The growing perception of professional learning communities as an effective professional development approach needs to be supported with knowledge of how such communities create learning opportunities for teachers. Activities in professional learning communities are underpinned by collegial conversations that foster learning, and in this article…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Mwale, Liveness; Mwakapenda, Willy – Pythagoras, 2018
This article addresses the interconnection between two education practices: reading and mathematics. These are two common aspects of schooling. Learners engage with these critical practices, regularly. There hardly goes a day in the life of schoolgoing children without them engaging in these two practices in one form or another. However, the point…
Descriptors: Novels, Mathematics Instruction, High School Students, Foreign Countries
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Umugiraneza, Odette; Bansilal, Sarah; North, Delia – Pythagoras, 2018
It is often claimed that technology can be used as a tool that can facilitate teaching and learning and contribute to learners' achievement. This article reports on a study about how KwaZulu-Natal mathematics teachers use, access and integrate technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. A questionnaire containing closed and Likert…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Technology Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Biccard, Piera – Pythagoras, 2018
This article explores a conceptual relationship between learner choice and mathematical sense-making. It argues that when learners can exercise choice in their mathematical activities, mathematical sense-making can be enhanced. The literature around mathematical modelling suggests a link between sense-making and learner choice. A three-tiered…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Comprehension, Mathematics Activities, Mathematical Models
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Moloi, Meshack; Kanjee, Anil – Pythagoras, 2018
In this article we propose a framework for reporting mathematics results from national assessment surveys (NAS) such that effective use of the resulting reports can enhance teaching and learning. We explored literature on factors that may contribute to non-utilisation of assessment data as a basis for decision-making. In the context of South…
Descriptors: Scores, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests, Foreign Countries
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Mellor, Kathryn; Clark, Robyn; Essien, Anthony A. – Pythagoras, 2018
Textbook content has the ability to influence mathematical learning. This study compares how linear functions are presented in two textbooks, one of South African and the other of German origin. These two textbooks are used in different language-based streams in a school in Gauteng, South Africa. A qualitative content analysis on how the topic of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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Ledibane, Maureen; Kaiser, Kotie; van der Walt, Marthie – Pythagoras, 2018
Mathematics has been defined by researchers as a 'second or third language' and, as a result, it should be taught as a second language. Results of the literature reviewed from the theories on the teaching of mathematics and English as a second language, as well as on mathematics learning and English as a second language acquisition, have resulted…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Leendertz, Verona; A. Seugnet Blignaut; Ellis, Suria; Nieuwoudt, Hercules D. – Pythagoras, 2018
This article reports on the development of a custom-made questionnaire. The questionnaire was developed with the aim to compile guidelines for the professional development (PD) of mathematics teachers for the pedagogical use of information and communication technology (ICT) integration in teaching and learning. During the standardisation and…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Faculty Development, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers
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Jagals, Divan; van der Walt, Marthie – Pythagoras, 2018
Awareness of one's own strengths and weaknesses during visualisation is often initiated by the imagination -- the faculty for intuitively visualising and modelling an object. Towards exploring the role of metacognitive awareness and imagination in facilitating visualisation in solving a mathematics task, four secondary schools in the North West…
Descriptors: Visualization, Metacognition, Imagination, Role
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