oa Mosenodi - Primary teaching : school mathematics what do teachers focus on?



This study was designed to investigate the pedagogical focus of Standard Seven primary school teachers when teaching mathematics. A questionnaire was administered to 200 Standard Seven primary school teachers in five zones of the country. The results show that although teachers believe in teaching mathematics for understanding, spend more time on drill for computational competency. Furthermore teachers reported that preparing students for the Primary SchoolLeaving Examinations PSLE) was not a focus factor when teaching mathematics since PSLE no longer a selection examination for entry into Community Junior Secondary Schools. The findings also show that primary school teachers do not have adequate support structures for enhancing their content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.


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