The Mathematics Education Student Association
invites you to the colloquium:

Making Sense of the Everyday

in Mathematics



Godfrey Sethole


Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa


The new South African Curriculum, Curriculum 2005 places emphasis on the need for teachers to recruit contexts that are meaningful to their learners’ realities in the teaching of mathematics. The main aim of the paper is twofold: Firstly, it looks at the way in which two teachers, located in different racial settings handle the expectation of recruiting the everyday context into mathematics. In particular the teachers’ movements from authentic to inauthentic context will be teased out. Secondly, it highlights different ways in which learners at these two schools view the value and significance of the everyday in mathematics lessons. Bernstein’s theory on recognition rules and Skovsmose’s notion of exemplarity will be summoned to make sense of learners’ arguments regarding the value of context in mathematics.


Tuesday, November 9, 2004

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Rm 430 Aderhold Hall


*****Refreshments Will Be Served*****


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