n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Mathematical Literacy - a lifeline for many

Volume 2007, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Mathematical Literacy was introduced in the FET band at the start of 2006. As expected the new and unfamiliar nature of this learning area has caused a great deal of insecurity for teachers, learners and parents. Following a Marang Centre annual workshop on Mathematical Literacy by Aarnout Brombacher some teachers suggested that Hamsa and I (Mellony) start a mathematical literacy support group where we could engage together on an ongoing basis with some of the issues arising from the implementation. This group has had several meetings where we have discussed the successes and tensions of mathematical literacy. Esmé is one of the teachers we met through this support group and have subsequently been working with and learning from.

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