Mathematics Education in South Africa: Many Perspectives, Many Voices

Education Research Highlights in Mathematics, Science and Technology 2017

Editors: Dr. Mack Shelley, Dr. Mustafa Pehlivan


Education Research Highlights in Mathematics, Science and Technology 2017

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Mathematics Education in South Africa: Many Perspectives, Many Voices

Chapter Authors: David A. Thomas, Heather A. Handy, Gerrit H. Stols

Abstract: Mathematics education and its perceived significance as a foundation of national economic competitiveness have become a topic of intense scrutiny and debate in many countries. Researchers, government officials, and the media in South Africa bring to this debate their respective concerns, perspectives, recommendations, and voices. This study used automated textual analysis and visualization technologies to search a collection of 148 scholarly articles, dissertations and books, government-related publications, and media reports about mathematics education in South Africa for evidence of recurring, distinctive voices characteristic of these communities of thought and action. The analysis found that these communities characteristically do favor the use of different concepts in representing their concerns, perspectives, and recommendations. Characteristic preferences are also observed with respect to clusters of concepts, called themes. These and other findings are presented in both tabular and graphical formats.

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