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Visualisation and Epistemological Access to Mathematics Education in Southern Africa

Edited By

Marc Schäfer

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ISBN 9781032000404
April 25, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 93 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Book  2. Towards a Theory of Visualisation  Part 1: VISUALISATION AND PEDAGOGY 3. A Case for Number Sense  4. A Case for Fractions  Part 2: VISUALISATION AND LEARNING  5. Figural Pattern Generalisation  6. Reasoning in Solving Word Problems  7. Algebraic Expressions  Part 3: VISUALISATION AND TECHNOLOGY  8. Learning with GeoGebra  9. Teaching and Learning with Mobile Technologies  Part 4: VISUALISATION, SEMIOTICS AND LANGUAGE 10. A case for Gestures  11. A case for Language  12. Final word – A Synthesis

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