n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Senior certificate examinations for mathematical literacy : findings from a small study

Volume 2008, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Guidelines have been issued for the structure of ML Senior Certificate examinations (DoE, 2007). Textbooks and exemplar papers interpreting these guidelines (often in slightly different ways) are also available. In this article, we share findings from an Honours research project - designed by the two authors with data collected by the second author in 2007 in the area of ML assessment. The formulation of this project followed discussion about the structure of ML summative assessment as detailed in the Subject Assessment Guidelines (DoE, 2007). This document states that ML will be assessed by two examination papers, each 2½ hours long. Unlike the situation in Mathematics, these two papers are not split by content area but by complexity. Complexity in ML is outlined in terms of the following taxonomy :

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