Social constructivist mathematics education in a Ciskeian secondary school classroom

Raghavan, Prasannakumary (1994) Social constructivist mathematics education in a Ciskeian secondary school classroom. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The researcher's experience as a high school mathematics teacher in several African countries convinced her that a good number of mathematics learners exhibit serious difficulties in conceptualising mathematics properly. Her experience in teaching the subject in the Ciskei since 1990 reinforced this conviction. The researcher's natural curiosity to probe into the causes of the poor state of mathematics education in the region served as the springboard into her investigation. Her thoughts developed in line with the emerging educational theories of social constructivism. This provided a conceptual framework for the solution of the problem, the feasibility of which was put to test practically in a Ciskeian classroom. She explicates that the difficulties experienced by the pupils in conceptualising mathematics are philosophically deep rooted and latent in the present system of mathematics education itself, which, in Ciskei, impedes the learners' conceptualisation owing to numerous problems related to their linguistic and cultural situatedness. In the analysis of the present system of mathematics education in the Ciskei she reviews a few recently published mathematics text books in the context of the topics chosen for her research study. The results of her classroom investigation establish that a possible solution to the problem lies in the social constructivist teaching approaches.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematics, Teaching, Education, Ciskei, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Case study
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Marsh, Terry
ID Code:4146
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:26 Nov 2012 14:12
Last Modified:26 Nov 2012 14:12
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