An investigation into parental involvements in the learning of mathematics : a case study involving grade 5 San learners and their parents.

Hamukwaya, Shemunyenge Taleiko (2009) An investigation into parental involvements in the learning of mathematics : a case study involving grade 5 San learners and their parents. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate and document parental involvement in a San community in Namibia over a period of two months. The emphasis was to investigate whether San parents in the Omusati region were involved in the learning of mathematics of their children. The learner participants were selected according to those who were open to sharing their ideas. An interpretive approach was used to collect and analyse data. The collected data was gathered from 9 participants (4 learners in grade 5 together with their parents, plus their mathematics teacher). Semi-structured interviews, parental contributions and home visit observations were the three tools that I used to collect data. The selected school is located in a rural area in the Omusati region of northern Namibia. The interviews were conducted in Oshiwambo (the participants‟ mother tongue) and translated into English and then analyzed. I discovered that the selected San parents were involved in some but limited school activities. The findings of this study emphasizes that illiteracy may be one of the contributing factors of low or non-involvement of parents among the San community. Other factors which I found caused parents not to assist their children with homework was parents spending much of their time at the local cuca shops during the day until late in the evenings. The study also highlights possible strategies that can be carried out by teachers to encourage parental involvement in school activities.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematics (Elementary) - Study and teaching - Namibia, Mathematics (Elementary) - Study and teaching - Activity programs - Namibia, Mathematics (Elementary) - Study and teaching - Parent participation - Namibia, Parent-teacher relationships - Namibia, Marginality, Social - Nambia, Literacy - Social aspects - Namibia, Khoisan (African people) - Nambia
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Schäfer, Marc
ID Code:1825
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:07 Dec 2010 07:57
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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