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Problem-based approach to mathematics in grades 9 and 11 in the Limpopo Province

J. G. Maree, J. M. Molepo, J. H. Owen, R. Ehlers
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 24, No 4 | a181 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v24i4.181 | © 2005 J. G. Maree, J. M. Molepo, J. H. Owen, R. Ehlers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 September 2005 | Published: 23 September 2005

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J. G. Maree, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
J. M. Molepo, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
J. H. Owen, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
R. Ehlers, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Teachers of schools in the central region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa received training in a problem-based approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics and introduced these principles into their classes.  Follow-up visits to schools took place on a monthly basis for one year. 800 learners in Grades 9 and 11 completed the Study Orientation Questionnaire in Mathematics (SOM). Mean age in Grade 11 was 17.5 yr. (SD = 1.4), and in Grade 9, 15.1 yr., (SD = 1.2). The differences between the post- and pre-test marks for the two groups were compared. The means for marks in mathematics were significantly different for the two groups.


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