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Teaching methodologies and open source software: empirical application to econometrics and mathematics

Nunes, Alcina; Balsa, Carlos
Fonte: International Association for Scientific Knowledge Publicador: International Association for Scientific Knowledge
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
ENG
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Nowadays, the software open source represents an important teaching resource. However, it is not sufficiently explored as an higher education teaching methodology. In subjects with a very specific goal, applied contents and attended by a small number of students, the commercial software is still preferred to the open source software. Aware of this reality, this paper presents a reflection about the use of open source software in Applied Econometrics and Mathematics. The adoption of two different software programmes – Gretl and Octave – allows the discussion about a comprehensive set of pedagogical, economical and technical advantages and some observed practical limitations. In practice, the refereed advantages are stressed when the students’ results are analysed. Their academic results benefit from the adoption of software which is executed, distributed and improved freely.

Teaching methodologies and open source software: empirical application to econometrics and mathematics

Nunes, Alcina; Balsa, Carlos
Fonte: Mario Muñoz, Ivan Jelìnek, Fernando Ferreira Publicador: Mario Muñoz, Ivan Jelìnek, Fernando Ferreira
Tipo: Conferência ou Objeto de Conferência
ENG
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Em co-autoria com Alcina Nunes do Departamento de Economia e Gestão.; Nowadays, the software open source represents an important teaching resource. However, it is not sufficiently explored as an higher education teaching methodology. In subjects with a very specific goal, applied contents and attended by a small number of students, the commercial software is still preferred to the open source software. Aware of this reality, this paper presents a reflection about the use of open source software in Applied Econometrics and Mathematics. The adoption of two different software programmes – Gretl and Octave – allows the discussion about a comprehensive set of pedagogical, economical and technical advantages and some observed practical limitations. In practice, the refereed advantages are stressed when the students’ results are analysed. Their academic results benefit from the adoption of software which is executed, distributed and improved freely.

O papel dos engenheiros e matemáticos na história do ensino de Física no Pará (1931-1970); The engineers and mathematic´s role in the Physics teaching history in Pará (1931-1970)"

Almeida, Ruy Guilherme Castro de
Fonte: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP Publicador: Biblioteca Digitais de Teses e Dissertações da USP
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 29/09/2006 PT
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Este trabalho de pesquisa analisa o processo de difusão da Física, através do ensino em três instituições de ensino superior no Estado do Pará: A Escola de Engenharia, a Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras e o Núcleo de Física e Matemática da Universidade do Pará, no período compreendido entre a criação da Escola, em 1931 até a implantação efetiva da Reforma Universitária, em 1970. Foram examinados os contextos históricos e políticos que motivaram a criação das instituições, a formação dos professores, os Programas de Ensino das disciplinas de Física que foram ministradas nos cursos de graduação daquelas unidades acadêmicas, os discursos de seus dirigentes, os depoimentos de antigos professores e alunos, os recursos e as metodologias que foram utilizadas no processo do ensino. Meu propósito foi mostrar como ocorreu a transição, no ensino da Física, dos engenheiros da Escola de Engenharia para os matemáticos da Faculdade de Filosofia e destes para os físicos, que se congregaram no Núcleo de Física e Matemática. Inicialmente tentei mostrar as mudanças dos temas de Física que se processaram nas disciplinas ministradas, comparando os propósitos a que se destinavam. Ora servindo como base conceitual para os engenheiros...

Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação no Currículo de Matemática do Ensino Secundário após a Reforma Curricular de 1986; Information and Communication Technologies in the Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum after the Curricular Reform of 1986

Fernandes, José António; Alves, Maria Palmira; Viseu, Floriano; Lacaz, Tânia Maria
Fonte: Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Curriculares Publicador: Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Curriculares
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2006 POR
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No presente artigo estuda-se em que medida o desenvolvimento das Tecnologias de Informação e Comunicação (TIC) se reflecte no currículo prescrito de Matemática do ensino secundário, designadamente ao nível dos tipos de tecnologia, das referências que lhe são feitas e das recomendações do seu uso nos diferentes temas. Os dados usados no estudo resultaram da análise documental dos programas da área de Matemática do ensino secundário, desde a Reforma do Sistema Educativo de 1986 até à actualidade. Em termos de resultados, salienta-se ao longo das sucessivas alterações dos programas, no período considerado, um claro aprofundamento das TIC no currículo de Matemática, repercutindo-se em todas as dimensões estudadas: tipo de tecnologia, frequência com que são referidas nos programas e nos seus componentes e formas de uso recomendadas nos diferentes componentes do currículo.; This paper studies which degree the development of the Technologies of the Information and Communication (ICT) appears in the official mathematics curriculum of secondary school, namely related with types of technology, the references to them, and the recommendations to their use in the different contents. The data used in the study came from the documental analysis of the secondary syllabus of mathematics...

The Recognition of and Care Seeking Behaviour for Childhood Illness in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review

Geldsetzer, Pascal; Williams, Thomas Christie; Kirolos, Amir; Mitchell, Sarah; Ratcliffe, Louise Alison; Kohli-Lynch, Maya Kate; Bischoff, Esther Jill Laura; Cameron, Sophie; Campbell, Harry
Fonte: Public Library of Science Publicador: Public Library of Science
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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Background: Pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria are among the leading causes of death in children. These deaths are largely preventable if appropriate care is sought early. This review aimed to determine the percentage of caregivers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with a child less than 5 years who were able to recognise illness in their child and subsequently sought care from different types of healthcare providers. Methods and Findings: We conducted a systematic literature review of studies that reported recognition of, and/or care seeking for episodes of diarrhoea, pneumonia or malaria in LMICs. The review is registered with PROSPERO (registration number: CRD42011001654). Ninety-one studies met the inclusion criteria. Eighteen studies reported data on caregiver recognition of disease and seventy-seven studies on care seeking. The median sensitivity of recognition of diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia was low (36.0%, 37.4%, and 45.8%, respectively). A median of 73.0% of caregivers sought care outside the home. Care seeking from community health workers (median: 5.4% for diarrhoea, 4.2% for pneumonia, and 1.3% for malaria) and the use of oral rehydration therapy (median: 34%) was low. Conclusions: Given the importance of this topic to child survival programmes there are few published studies. Recognition of diarrhoea...

New programmes for teachers' professional development in Germany: the programme SINUS as a model for teachers' professional development

Lindner, Martin; Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa
Fonte: Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Santarém Publicador: Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Santarém
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 06/04/2012 ENG
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SINUS ('Increasing the efficiency of science and mathematics instruction') was initiated in 1998 as a reaction to the comparably poor TIMS-Study results. Using the experience from SINUS several programmes with a similar structure were created in Germany, but only SINUS led to some dissemination activities on national level. This article describes the main characteristics of the programme and gives an overview of the evaluation results.

La programmation informatique dans la recherche et la formation en mathématiques au niveau universitaire

Broley, Laura
Fonte: Université de Montréal Publicador: Université de Montréal
Tipo: Thèse ou Mémoire numérique / Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
FR
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Une étude récente auprès de 302 mathématiciens canadiens révèle un écart intriguant : tandis que 43% des sondés utilisent la programmation informatique dans leur recherche, seulement 18% indiquent qu'ils emploient cette technologie dans leur enseignement (Buteau et coll., 2014). La première donnée reflète le potentiel énorme qu'a la programmation pour faire et apprendre des mathématiques. La deuxième donnée a inspiré ce mémoire : pourquoi existe-t-il un tel écart ? Pour répondre à cette question, nous avons mené une étude exploratoire qui cherche à mieux comprendre la place de la programmation dans la recherche et la formation en mathématiques au niveau universitaire. Des entrevues semi-dirigées ont été conduites avec 14 mathématiciens travaillant dans des domaines variés et à différentes universités à travers le pays. Notre analyse qualitative nous permet de décrire les façons dont ces mathématiciens construisent des programmes informatiques afin d'accomplir plusieurs tâches (p.e., simuler des phénomènes réels, faire des mathématiques « expérimentales », développer de nouveaux outils puissants). Elle nous permet également d'identifier des moments où les mathématiciens exposent leurs étudiants à certains éléments de ces pratiques en recherche. Nous notons toutefois que les étudiants sont rarement invités à concevoir et à écrire leurs propres programmes. Enfin...

Open-ended tasks in the promotion of classroom communication in mathematics

Viseu, Floriano; Oliveira, Inês Bernardo
Fonte: Universidade do Minho Publicador: Universidade do Minho
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2012 ENG
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Mathematics programmes in basic education are currently undergoing reform in Portugal. This paper sets out to see how teachers are putting the new guidelines for the teaching of mathematics into practice, with particular emphasis on maths communication in the classroom. To achieve this, an experiment in teaching the topic 'Sequences and Regularities' with open-ended tasks, using a qualitative and interpretative approach, is reported. Data were collected during two class observations, from two interviews and by analysing the activities of the students. An exploratory task was chosen in the first lesson and a investigative one in the second. One month separated the two lessons, and during this time the teacher read and discussed texts on mathematics communication. Observation of the first lesson showed that the communication in the classroom was mostly focused on the teacher, which provided little student-student and student-class interaction. In the second observed lesson, the teacher changed the attention she paid to what each student said and did, encouraging the students to ask each other and encouraged student-class and the student-student communication.

Análisis de la adecuación de libros de texto de E. Primaria a la enseñanza a estudiantes de altas capacidades matemáticas

Gutiérrez, Ángel; Jaime, Adela
Fonte: CIED – Centro Interdisciplinar de Estudos Educacionais/Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa Publicador: CIED – Centro Interdisciplinar de Estudos Educacionais/Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em /09/2013 SPA
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Un problema al que se enfrentan los profesores de matemáticas de Enseñanza Primaria es la necesidad de hacer adaptaciones en sus programaciones para ofrecer una educación adecuada a sus alumnos de altas capacidades matemáticas. Las editoriales de libros de texto de matemáticas de estos niveles educativos ofrecen diversas soluciones que, usualmente, consisten en incluir, en el libro del alumno, algunos problemas más difíciles y, en la documentación del profesor, una propuesta de problemas de ampliación. Una cuestión que se plantea al analizar un libro de texto de matemáticas es valorar cómo de útil puede ser el material proporcionado por la editorial (libro de texto y materiales complementarios) para un profesor que necesita una programación específica para sus alumnos de altas capacidades matemáticas. En este artículo proponemos diversas variables con las que valorar el grado de adecuación a estudiantes de altas capacidades matemáticas de los documentos proporcionados a los profesores por las editoriales. Después ponemos en práctica esta propuesta analizando el tema dedicado a los cuadriláteros en 4º curso de Enseñanza Primaria de una editorial de amplia difusión en España. Las conclusiones globales son que los materiales del profesor analizados prestan poca atención a los estudiantes de altas capacidades matemáticas y que la metodología de análisis que hemos empleado permite identificar direcciones para plantear actividades interesantes para estos estudiantes.; Abstract: A problem facing mathematics teachers in Primary Education is the need to modify their programmes to provide suitable teaching for pupils with superior mathematical ability. Publishers of mathematics course books for these levels offer a variety of solutions...

New programmes for teachers professional development in Germany: the programme SINUS as a model for teachers' professional development

Lindner, Martin
Fonte: Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Escola Superior de Educação Publicador: Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Escola Superior de Educação
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2008 ENG
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SINUS ('Increasing the efficiency of science and mathematics instruction') was initiated in 1998 as a reaction to the comparably poor TIMS-Study results. Using the experience from SINUS several programmes with a similar structure were created in Germany, but only SINUS led to some dissemination activities on national level. This article describes the main characteristics of the programme and gives an overview of the evaluation results. - O Projecto SINUS ('Increasing the efficiency of science and mathematics instruction') foi iniciado em 1998 em reacção aos maus resultados obtidos no estudo internacional TIMSS. A partir da experiência do SINUS foram criados na Alemanha vários programas com uma estrutura semelhante. Contudo, apenas este programa conduziu a actividades de disseminação a nível nacional. Este artigo descreve as principais características deste programa e apresenta uma visão geral dos resultados da sua avaliação.

On the transition period of implementing new mathematics curriculum for Foundation Engineering students

Karjanto, N.; Osman, R.
Fonte: Universidade Cornell Publicador: Universidade Cornell
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em 31/03/2015
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An overview on several mathematics modules in the transition period of introducing a new curriculum for the Foundation programme in Engineering at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is discussed in this paper. In order to progress to Undergraduate programmes in Engineering, previously the students must complete three mathematics modules of 40 credit points in total, for which one of them was a year-long module with 20 credit points. Currently under the new curriculum, the students are required to complete five mathematics modules with 10 credit points each. The new curriculum gives positive impacts for both the lecturers and the students in terms of material organization, fully utilizing textbooks and a new arrangement for tutorial sessions. The new curriculum also provides the students with stronger mathematical background in critical thinking and problem solving skills to equip them to embark the Undergraduate programmes in Engineering.; Comment: 17 pages

Scheduling algorithm to select $k$ optimal programme slots in television channels: A graph theoretic approach

Pal, Madhumangal; Pal, Anita
Fonte: Universidade Cornell Publicador: Universidade Cornell
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em 09/05/2014
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In this paper, it is shown that all programmes of all television channels can be modelled as an interval graph. The programme slots are taken as the vertices of the graph and if the time duration of two {programme slots} have non-empty intersection, the corresponding vertices are considered to be connected by an edge. The number of viewers of a programme is taken as the weight of the vertex. A set of programmes that are mutually exclusive in respect of time scheduling is called a session. We assume that a company sets the objective of selecting the popular programmes in $k$ parallel sessions among different channels so as to make its commercial advertisement reach the maximum number of viewers, that is, a company selects $k$ suitable programme slots simultaneously for advertisement. The aim of the paper is, therefore, to {help} the companies to select the programme slots, which are mutually exclusive with respect to the time schedule of telecasting time, in such a way that the total number of viewers of the selected programme in $k$ parallel slots rises to the optimum level. It is shown that the solution of this problem is obtained by solving the maximum weight $k$-colouring problem on an interval {graph}. An algorithm is designed to solve this just-in-time optimization problem using $O(kMn^2)$ time...

Not served on a silver platter! Access to online mathematics information in Africa

Wandahl, Anders
Fonte: Universidade Cornell Publicador: Universidade Cornell
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em 18/05/2009
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This paper argues that, contrary to the beliefs of many, the amount of mathematics information available for African researchers, including electronic scientific journals and databases, is indeed substantial. However, whereas information resources are served on a silver platter at the "northern" universities, researchers at universities in developing countries have to work hard for their treats. The scientific information available for low-income countries is scattered among a large number of providers, websites, access methods, price models, and country- or institution-specific programmes. It is therefore quite hard for individual researchers to see the whole picture and establish what actually is available and what is not. This paper presents a number of key information sources for mathematics. Some are aimed primarily at disciplines other than mathematics but nevertheless contain extremely important and high-ranking mathematics journals. Brief instructions are also given on how to register for and maintain access to various relevant and useful resources.; Comment: Presentation at the First International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences - University of Buea, Cameroon, May 2009

Student persistence in STEM fields: school structures and student choices in Finland, Sweden and the United States

Saari, Jennifer von Reis
Fonte: University of Cambridge; Faculty of Education; Trinity Hall Publicador: University of Cambridge; Faculty of Education; Trinity Hall
Tipo: Thesis; doctoral; PhD
EN
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The PDF version of this dissertation contains hyperlinks.; In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, producing high level talent and increasing equity of access and engagement are prominent but sometimes conflicting policy directives. Yet, retention and persistence are important outcomes both for the production of elite talent and for promoting equity within STEM fields. This dissertation investigates the effects of policy on student persistence in Finland, Sweden and the United States. Drawing on interviews with upper-secondary school students and teachers (Finland: 26 students, 8 teachers; Sweden: 29 students and 10 teachers; United States: 19 students, 2 mentors) and surveys (Finland: 255 students, Sweden: 130 students, United States: 288 students), this study investigates the effects that different structures (including contrasting policies of stratification and differentiation, specialist magnet schools and enrichment programmes) have on students? intentions to persist in STEM fields. This study supports the theory that educational policies mediate student persistence both through structural possibility, and through the development of students? identities and non-cognitive skills. Here, non-cognitive skills (such as self-efficacy and self-concept) are considered part of an ?adaptive habitus? and a latent variable comprised of domain-specific non-cognitive skills is used in models of student persistence. The models illustrate the do- main specific interactions of educational structures...

Matemática e música: Sistematização de analogias entre conteúdos matemáticos e musicais; Mathematics abd music: systematization of analogies between mathematical and musical contents; Matemáticas y música: sistematización de similitudes entre contenido matemático y musical

dos Santos-Luiz, Carlos; Mónico, Lisete; Campelos, Sandra; da Silva, Carlos Fernandes
Fonte: Instituto de Educação da Universidade do Minho Publicador: Instituto de Educação da Universidade do Minho
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion; article Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em 04/12/2015 POR
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Matemáticos e físicos foram encontrando ao longo dos tempos analogias entre matemática e música. Paralelamente, músicos têm-se suportado na matemática para descrever a sua arte. Este artigo consiste numa sistematização das ligações entre conteúdos matemáticos e musicais. Os conteúdos musicais foram divididos nas seguintes temáticas: 1) Teoria eanálise musicais, 2) Acústica e 3) Composição musical. Subsequentemente,em cada uma destas temáticas, as associações à matemática foram sistematizadas tendo em conta a organização dos Programas de Matemática e respetivas Metas Curriculares do Ensino Básico (3º ciclo) e dos Programas de Matemática A e B do 11º e 12º anos do Ensino Secundário português. Concluímos que os elementos e conceitos musicais que se associam à matemática distribuem-se pelas áreas da Aritmética, Álgebra, Trigonometria e,em especial, Geometria.; Over time, mathematicians and physicians have found analogies between mathematics and music. At the same time, musicians have found support in mathematics to describe their art. This article consists of a systematization of the connections between mathematical and musical contents. Musical content was divided into the subjects of: 1) Musical theory and analysis...

New patterns in learning and teaching mathematics and statistics

Kotecha, Meena
Fonte: The Higher Education Academy Publicador: The Higher Education Academy
Tipo: Book Section; NonPeerReviewed Formato: application/pdf
Publicado em //2012 EN; EN
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Undergraduate students generally seem to lack interest, motivation and enthusiasm to engage with mathematics/statistics service courses. This could be due to a variety of factors such as inadequate understanding of the courses' relevance to students' respective degree programmes/career paths, cultural/academic diversity in student backgrounds and/or pre-conceived negative notions of mathematics/statistics. This paper will discuss strategies developed to achieve excellence in learning and teaching for mathematics/statistics service courses, which positively contributed towards enhancing student motivation, engagement and enthusiasm. Further, they kindled students' interest in mathematical/statistical applications relevant to practical situations and transformed their attitudes from lack of interest to keen interest in the subjects. The strategies worked extremely well in seminars of about 15 students as well as lectures to large audiences of about 300 students. Another desirable outcome was their impact on boosting students' confidence to actively participate in seminar activities and contribute to discussions on problem solving that involved applying mathematical/statistical theories to practical situations. This made a positive contribution to enhancing students' academic self-efficacy and the learning climate in teaching rooms. The author mainly used a student-centred approach to create interest in the subjects by the effective use of formative assessments endeavouring to set these using scenarios that are of students' interest. The rationale behind this was to reduce their test anxiety and improve student engagement by choosing problem-solving themes they can relate to. The feedback on formative assessments was made interactive which enabled students to reflect on their work and develop self-evaluative skills helping them to continue improving their future work. The author argues that the discussed approach could achieve greater student participation...

Monitoring and evaluating astronomy outreach programmes: Challenges and solutions

Chapman,Sarah; Catala,Laure; Mauduit,Jean-Christophe; Govender,Kevin; Louw-Potgieter,Joha
Fonte: South African Journal of Science Publicador: South African Journal of Science
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/06/2015 EN
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A number of tools exist to guide the monitoring and evaluation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach programmes. Fewer tools exist for evaluating astronomy outreach programmes. In this paper we try to overcome this limitation by presenting a monitoring and evaluation framework developed for the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD). The mandate of the OAD is to stimulate sustainable development at an international level and to expand astronomy education and outreach globally. The broad assumptions of this programme are that astronomy has the potential to contribute to human development by means of the transferable nature of its science discoveries, as well as its potential to activate feelings of wonderment, inspiration and awareness of the universe. As a result, the programme potentially embodies a far broader mix of outcomes than conventionally considered in STEM evaluation approaches. Towards this aim, we operationalise our monitoring and evaluation approach by first outlining programme theories for three key OAD programmes: a programme for universities and research, another one for schools, and one for public outreach. We then identify outcomes, indicators and measures for each one of these programmes. We conclude with suggestions for evaluating the global impact of astronomy for development.

Industry-directed training and research programmes: The BMI experience

de Jongh,Pieter J.; Erasmus,Cornelius M.
Fonte: South African Journal of Science Publicador: South African Journal of Science
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2014 EN
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Universities are academic institutions with the primary objectives of teaching students a particular academic discipline and for conducting research related to that discipline. Traditionally, very little collaboration existed between universities and industry with respect to training and research in the mathematical sciences. Because of funding pressure, more and more universities are forced to find external sources of income. In this paper, we discuss a framework for designing and implementing career-oriented training programmes and industry-directed research programmes with a statistical science core. This framework was used as the basis for designing and implementing a highly successful training and research programme at North-West University's Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics. (Centre for BMI), with the active support of industry partners Absa and SAS Institute. We believe that the lessons learnt from its implementation could form valuable guidelines for other, similar initiatives.

The use of workbooks in South African grade 3 mathematics classrooms

Mathews,Corin; Mdluli,Manono; Ramsingh,Valerie
Fonte: South African Journal of Childhood Education Publicador: South African Journal of Childhood Education
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/01/2014 EN
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The poor performance of South African learners on national and international benchmark tests in mathematics and literacy has prompted the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) to devise intervention strategies, one of which is the provision of workbooks for learners. This paper is based on a case study of six grade 3 teachers' use of DBE workbooks. Data from classroom observations and interviews are reported and analysed in relation to literature on mathematical and pedagogical resources. The key finding is that teachers use the workbooks in disparate ways as a resource and that the majority of the teachers in the case study use the workbooks in ways that do not resonate with the DBE's intentions. We argue that the provision of resources alone may not lead to improved teaching and learning in primary school mathematics classrooms and that pre-service and in-service teacher education programmes need to include a focus on how resources such as workbooks can be utilised optimally.

Interventions for ensuring sustainability of the minerals education programmes at the Polytechnic of Namibia

Tesh,D.; Musiyarira,H.; Dzinomwa,G.; Mischo,H.
Fonte: Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Publicador: Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2014 EN
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The mining industry worldwide is facing a tremendous shortage of minerals engineers in all fields of specialization. For instance, in Australia the skills shortage in the mining industry has been identified as one of the top risks facing the mining industry. In Namibia most minerals engineers employed are expatriates, with some being Namibians who studied abroad. The minerals engineering programmes at the Polytechnic of Namibia are still in their infancy. These programmes were designed to meet the mining industry skills needs. Being young has its advantages in that lessons can be learnt from older minerals education institutions that went through similar challenges. However, this does not imply just copying and implementing their approaches, since the context differs and, to ensure sustainability of the minerals education programmes, curricula have to be customized to the local context. This paper reviews the interventions made by the Polytechnic of Namibia in order to ensure the sustainability of its minerals education programmes. The methodology consisted of an extensive literature review, a status quo analysis of the mining and process engineering department, identifying the gaps between the current state and desired state, and mapping the goals and strategic actions required to progress to the desired state. The following factors were identified as major threats to the sustainability of minerals education at the Polytechnic of Namibia: the quality of students...