n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Interview with a Mathematics Doodler - Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Rhodes University

Volume 2013, Issue 14
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


In November 2012 we interviewed Dr Sizwe Mabizela, our Deputy Vice Chancellor at Rhodes University, to find out about his love for mathematics and his enjoyment of "playing" or "doodling" with mathematics and mathematical ideas. Dr Mabizela is a renowned South African mathematician who has a deep concern about the teaching and learning of Mathematics. We were writing a paper (Graven & Schäfer, in press) for a book on mathematics knowledge for teaching entitled and wanted to make the point that often instilling a playful love of mathematics in learners is absent from the literature. We argue in the paper that a passion for mathematics and embracing a desire to explore and play with mathematics is as essential and important an ingredient for being an effective Mathematics teacher as content knowledge of the subject. We interviewed several of our favourite mathematics educators and asked them about how their love of mathematics played out in their life and how it all began. We share with you an edited excerpt from our extended interview with Dr Sizwe Mabizela and hope that it serves to inspire.

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