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Teachers' views on the use of contexts in transition to mathematics

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dc.contributor.advisor Mogari, L.D. Phoshoko, Moshe Moses 2014-08-19T09:39:27Z 2014-08-19T09:39:27Z 2013-05-
dc.identifier.citation Phoshoko, Moshe Moses (2013) Teachers' views on the use of contexts in transition to mathematics, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The exploratory study sought to elicit and document mathematics teachers‟ views on how they enacted the process of transition between contexts and mathematics. The study pursued to understand teachers‟ beliefs and knowledge of mathematics. A mixed methods sequential explanatory research design was employed where a quantitative phase was followed by the connecting phase and concluded through a qualitative phase involving three case studies. A purposive sample of 165 practicing teachers who had registered for a professional advancement developmental course at a university participated in the study by voluntarily completing a survey questionnaire. From this sample, three cases of individual teachers were pursued. The first two cases involved conducting in-depth interviews with the teacher who had rated sentences in the questionnaire differently while the last case involved the recording of an interview of one individual using field notes. The questionnaire sought teachers‟ biographical details (section A), their views on contexts and mathematics (section B) and their rating of sentences in a passage with regard to the mathematics embedded in the sentences (section C). Semi-structured interviews were conducted in the qualitative phase to elicit in-depth views of the teachers‟ regarding the research problem. All the instruments were tested for validity and reliability. Quantitative data gathered was analysed using frequencies, percentages, cross tabulations, bar charts and pie charts as well as the calculation of Pearson chi-square tests (Cohen, Manion & Morrison, 2011). Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to collate teachers‟ views from which themes were drawn and related to make inferences. It was found that teachers‟ positive views about contexts and mathematics did not translate into them recognising mathematics in some mathematics potent contexts as captured in their ratings in section C of the questionnaire. Statistically significant associations were recorded to support this. The study also conceptualised a mathematical participation model (MP-model) as a tool to describe and analyse participation that involves the use of real world data in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The MP-model involves four components, viz. the community of practice (CoP), real world data, mathematics and a model in which members of the CoP tap into the real world data and mathematics to model their participation. The study recommends the MP-model as tool for description and enactment of full mathematical participation. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource ( xiv, 501 leaves) : ill. (some col.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Community of practice en
dc.subject Mathematics teachers beliefs en
dc.subject Mathematical contexts en
dc.subject Mathematisation en
dc.subject Mathematical modelling en
dc.subject Mathematical participation en
dc.subject.ddc 510.71
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematics teachers--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Mathematical models
dc.title Teachers' views on the use of contexts in transition to mathematics en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Mathematical Sciences en Phil. (Mathematics Education)

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