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Maluleke, Mzamani J. – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Teaching and learning mathematics in South Africa (SA) is characterised by serious challenges because the pass rate in Mathematics is always below the expected level. The introduction of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) ushered in new hope that the situation would improve. However, teachers still encounter challenges when they use…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Code Switching (Language), English Language Learners
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Isaacs, Shafika; Roberts, Nicky; Spencer-Smith, Garth – South African Journal of Education, 2019
This paper compares the mixed-methods evaluation findings of the ukuFUNda Virtual School (UVS) with evaluations of three different mobile learning (m-learning) programmes in Africa: the information and communication technologies for rural education (ICT4RED); the Kenya Primary Math and Reading (PRIMR) study and the Nokia Mobile Mathematics…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education
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Gaillard, Claire – South African Journal of Education, 2019
The future of South Africa's economic growth rests on addressing critical scarce-skills labour shortages. Matriculants are called on to break the cycle of poverty by entering the scarce-skills workforce. The demonstration of a high level of mathematics, science, and technology competency is viewed as a gateway towards achieving this goal. The…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Public Schools
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Naude, Mariana; Meier, Corinne – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Foundation phase teachers in South African schools follow a socio-constructivist approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics, which entails that learners experiment freely with concepts and are encouraged to communicate and share their thoughts and ideas. In an effort to understand the impact that the physical learning environment, such…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Physical Environment, Case Studies, Teaching Methods
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Ndlovu, Zanele; Brijlall, Deonarain – South African Journal of Education, 2019
This study explored the mental constructions displayed by pre-service mathematics teachers (PMTs) when applying Cramer's rule. The aim was to reveal the character of mental constructions made around the nature of the solution set of equations and the role of parameters in the solution of equations with parametric coefficients. These mental…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Foreign Countries, Equations (Mathematics)
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Abdullah, Abdul Halim; Fadil, Siti Safuraa; Rahman, Sharifah Nurarfah S. Abd; Tahir, Lokman Mohd; Hamzah, Mohd Hilmi – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) mathematical problem-solving was first introduced in the Form-3 assessment (PT3) in 2014. However, to date, there have been no studies of students' ability to solve the mathematical problems in this assessment. Therefore, this study investigated the emerging patterns and problems of HOTS mathematical…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Govender, Samantha – South African Journal of Education, 2018
South African education has experienced significant curricular reform since the mid-1990s, but its implementation has not matched expectations. This study explores teachers' perspectives on implementing these reforms in schools, with the aim of ascertaining the challenges they faced in the process, and the kind of support, guidance and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Faculty Development
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du Preez, Michelle – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Prompted by the poor state of mathematics education in South Africa and the shortage of competent mathematics teachers, this study sought to identify what factors influenced 40 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students at three universities in the Western Cape Province, with Mathematics as a major subject, to choose teaching as a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching (Occupation), Career Choice, Occupational Aspiration
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van der Nest, Adri; Long, Caroline; Engelbrecht, Johann – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Although buoyed by the induction of a democratic government, and the high ideals of our constitution, the South African education system has in many ways not met the expectations of its people, in this case, the mathematics education community. With the birth of an expansive intended curriculum came the monitoring of the outcomes through systemic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Formative Evaluation, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Bosman, Anne; Schulze, Salome – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Mathematics is a key subject necessary to the promotion of economic development, particularly in developing countries; however, South African learners perform poorly in Mathematics when benchmarked against their counterparts in other countries. One way to address this issue is by taking cognisance of the learners' learning styles when teaching.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Cognitive Style
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Le Roux, Natalie; Sebolai, Kabelo – South African Journal of Education, 2017
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination in South Africa is a standardised assessment whose main function is to determine whether Grade 12 learners have mastered subject knowledge at the culmination of their secondary education. Alongside this, the National Benchmark Test Project (NBTP) was introduced to develop the National Benchmark…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Grade 12, Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Skills
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Spangenberg, Erica Dorethea – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Many learners with different learning challenges are accommodated in the same classroom in South Africa, which could result in poor performance in mathematics. By reinforcing or disregarding certain goals, a teacher can influence the way in which learners learn mathematics. This study compared the achievement goal orientation of Grade Nine…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Goal Orientation, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Grade 9
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Pournara, Craig; Hodgen, Jeremy; Adler, Jill; Pillay, Vasen – South African Journal of Education, 2015
It is wellknown that the majority of South African learners achieve extremely poorly in Mathematics. Many claim that one of the causes of this poor attainment is teachers' weak knowledge of mathematics, and propose that improving teachers' mathematical knowledge would improve learner attainment. However, the evidence-base for this proposed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement
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Visser, Mariette; Juan, Andrea; Feza, Nosisi – South African Journal of Education, 2015
The creation of an environment conducive to learning is vitally important in the academic achievement of learners. Such an environment extends beyond the classroom and school to include the home. It is from these environments that learners draw resources, both tangible and intangible, that impact on their educational experience. While current…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Family School Relationship
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Roberts, Nicky; Spencer-Smith, Garth; Vänskä, Riitta; Eskelinen, Sanna – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This paper reports on the analysis of the voluntary uptake and use of the "Nokia Mobile Mathematics" service by 3,957 Grade 10 learners. It measures the effect of the service on the school Mathematics attainment of 1,950 of these learners over one academic year. The study reveals that 21% of Grade 10 Mathematics learners voluntarily and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Telecommunications, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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