An investigation of Grade 11 learners' mathematical preparedness in a selected Nambian school : a case study

Mwandingi, Albertina Ndahambelela (2010) An investigation of Grade 11 learners' mathematical preparedness in a selected Nambian school : a case study. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The proliferation in the number of schools offering junior secondary education in Namibia since independence in 1990 has led to an increase in the number of learners in the classroom and has created a wide range of mathematical proficiency among learners entering senior secondary education in grade 11. This broad range of basic mathematical ability among these learners, together with increasing classroom numbers has caused problems for the senior secondary mathematics teachers (Batchelor, 2004). The study shows that diagnostic testing can prove to be useful in assessing learners’ mathematical preparedness by identifying learners’ areas of weakness, which have hindered their mathematics learning and performance. Taking the results of a diagnostic test into consideration could help teachers cater for their learners who need remediation classes as early as possible before extending the mathematics curriculum. Setting and using diagnostic testing requires careful consideration; there are many pitfalls that are highlighted in this research. These include question coverage and general analysis of category totals.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematics, Study and teaching, Namibia, Mathematical readiness, Secondary education
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2079
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:10 Oct 2011 07:26
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:22
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