n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Mathematical literacy online community of practice

Volume 01, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Mathematical Literacy (ML) was introduced as a new compulsory subject (alongside Mathematics) into the South African curriculum in 2006 and presented teachers with daunting challenges. Teachers felt that they did not receive adequate training and struggled with diverse interpretations of the subject. There were also differing philosophical views on the importance of context versus mathematical content within the subject constraints. They had to deal with, and are still grappling with, negative parent and learner perceptions about the new subject. Many teachers struggle with assessment issues, diverse multilingual and multicultural settings and a lack of consistent resources, to name but a few obstacles.It was therefore decided to create a community of practice (CoP) where teachers could air their problems and share their resources and successes. A CoP, according to Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002:4), consists of "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, a passion about a topic and who want to deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis".

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