Understanding the differences in marking performance of JSC mathematics markers in Namibia : a case study

Mutuku, E. (2009) Understanding the differences in marking performance of JSC mathematics markers in Namibia : a case study. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




Education reform in Namibia brought about changes to mathematics education since independence. This has put pressure on the government to provide both resources and qualified mathematics teachers to help drive the reform process in all teaching and learning activities. This included availing reliable and valid national examination results which is a measure of whether the newly introduced programmes are working or not. For the Ministry of Education this meant training more mathematics teachers and ensuring that competent and reliable teachers are appointed for marking national examination every year. The teachers’ training process however, has not been going as fast as it was expected and year after year the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment experienced problems in obtaining competent teachers for the marking of national examination. The purpose of the study was to understand the differences in marking performances of the JSC mathematics national examination markers. Particularly the study was to create a clear and detailed understanding of different factors that could possibly affect the marking performance of different markers. In addition, the study was to investigate the effect the mathematical content knowledge of the markers has on their marking performance. It was evident from the findings that their mathematical content knowledge had influenced their marking performance. Moreover the research findings also gave a strong indication that there are other factors that were influencing the markers marking performance. These were the markers’ knowledge of the assessment and marking process, the markers’ marking experience, the markers’ socioeconomic background. The difference in their moderators’ input has emerged as the other factors that have influenced their performance in marking and consequently contributed to the differences in their marking performances.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Marking performance; Mathematics teaching; Mathematics examinations
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Brown, B. (Dr.)
ID Code:1573
Deposited By: Nicolene Mvinjelwa
Deposited On:05 Mar 2010 14:41
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:20
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