1st Edition

Visualisation and Epistemological Access to Mathematics Education in Southern Africa

Edited By Marc Schäfer Copyright 2023
    228 Pages 93 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book demonstrates that using visualisation processes in mathematics education can help to enhance teaching and learning and bridge the inequality gap that exists between well-resourced and under-resourced schools in Southern Africa.

    Drawing on classroom research conducted in the Southern African region, it examines how epistemological access in a context of gross inequality can be constructively addressed by providing research-based solutions and recommendations. The book outlines the visualisation process as an integral but often overlooked process of mathematics teaching and learning. It goes beyond the traditional understanding of visualisation processes such as picture forming and using tools and considers visualisation processes that are semiotic in nature and includes actions such as gestures in combination with language. It adds value to the visualisation in mathematics education research discourse and deliberation in Africa.

    With a unique focus on Southern Africa and open avenues for further research and collaboration in the region, it will be a highly relevant reading for researchers, academics and post-graduate students of mathematics education, comparative education and social justice education.

    1. Introduction to the Book Marc Schäfer  2. Towards a Theory of Visualisation Vimolan Mudaly and Marc Schäfer  Part 1: VISUALISATION AND PEDAGOGY  3. A Case for Number Sense Ronald Griqua  4. A Case for Fractions Charity Ausiku  Part 2: VISUALISATION AND LEARNING  5. Figural Pattern Generalisation Duncan Samson  6. Reasoning in Solving Word Problems Beata Dongwi  7. Algebraic Expressions Sindisiwe Herbert  Part 3: VISUALISATION AND TECHNOLOGY  8. Learning with GeoGebra Deepak Mavani  9. Teaching and Learning with Mobile Technologies Clemence Chikiwa and Matthias Ludwig  Part 4: VISUALISATION, SEMIOTICS AND LANGUAGE  10. A case for Gestures Cristina Sabena and Marc Schäfer  11. A case for Language Clemence Chikiwa  12. Final word – A Synthesis Marc Schäfer


    Marc Schäfer was formerly Professor of Mathematics Education and SARChI Chair in Mathematics Education, Rhodes University, South Africa.