The use of the van Hiele theory in investigating teaching strategies used by grade 10 geometry teachers in Namibia

Muyeghu, Augustinus (2008) The use of the van Hiele theory in investigating teaching strategies used by grade 10 geometry teachers in Namibia. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This study reports on the extent to which selected mathematics teachers facilitate the teaching and learning of geometry at the van Hiele levels 1 and 2 at a Grade 10 level in selected schools in Namibia. It also addresses and explores the teaching strategies teachers employ in their classrooms. Kilpatrick et al.’s model for proficient teaching and the van Hiele model of geometric thinking were used to explore the type of teaching strategies employed by selected mathematics teachers. These two models served as guidelines from which interview and classroom observation protocols were developed. Given the continuing debate across the world about the learning and teaching of geometry, my thesis aims to contribute to a wider understanding of the teaching of geometry with regard to the van Hiele levels 1 and 2. There are no similar studies on the teaching of geometry in Namibia. My study concentrates on selected Grade 10 mathematics teachers and how they teach geometry using the van Hiele theory and the five Kilpatrick components of proficient teaching. As my research looks at teaching practice it was important to deconstruct teaching proficiency with a view to understanding what makes good teachers effective. The results from this study indicated that the selected Grade 10 mathematics teachers have a good conceptual understanding of geometry as all of them involved in this study were able to facilitate the learning and teaching of geometry that is consistent with the van Hiele levels 1 and 2.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pierre M. van Hiele, Jeremy Kilpatrick, Geometry, Namibia, Mathematics, Mathematics teachers
Subjects:L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2651
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:19 Apr 2012 12:29
Last Modified:19 Apr 2012 12:29
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