As part of a three-day NSTF Discussion Forum on STEM education at school level, a two-day reflective symposium on the Challenges of and opportunities for reform in numeracy and early algebra education was held in Johannesburg on 7 and 8 August 2018. The purpose of the symposium was to develop advocacies about reform that may support teachers and curriculum practitioners in their efforts to provide best for learners.
For the purpose of the symposium, reform was framed as a shift towards goals and classroom practices such as those advocated in the theories of Realistic Mathematics Education(Holland), Didactical situations(France) Problem-centred learning(USA and South Africa) and Cognitively-guided instruction(USA)
These and related theories
- value operational fluencyas well as rational sensemaking, deep conceptual understandings, learner autonomy, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning and productive disposition.
- articulate and advocate classroom practices that promote the attainment of the above goals by
- capitalising on learner’s active productions when they engage with rich and challenging situations that are realistic to them,
- nurturing reflective practices of learning and doing mathematics,
- active monitoring of learner productions by the teacher and utilisation of opportunites for productive whole class discussions,
- guiding and supporting learners towards increasing sophistication of their mathematical practices
Plenary speakers and their presentations:
Piet Human, Ukuqonda Institute
Paul Cobb is Research professor at University of Vanderbilt USA
- Improving the Quality of Mathematics Teaching and Learning on a Large Scale: Challenges and Opportunities
Koeno Gravemeijer is Emeritus professor at University of Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Hamsa Venkatakrishnan is SA Numeracy Chair at University of the Witwatersrand
Alwyn Olivier is Editor-in-chief of Pythagoras, past President of Amesa
Satsope Maoto is Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Limpopo
The NSTF, in partnership with The Ukuqonda Institute hosted a three-day NSTF Discussion Forum on STEM education at school level.
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