n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Dynamic geometry software as a dynamic tool for spatial exploration

Volume 2013, Issue 15
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Dynamic Geometry Software (DGS) such as and offer a wealth of opportunities for an exploratory style of teaching and learning Mathematics, particularly in the exploration of space and shape. The new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) foregrounds the use of spatial skills and properties of shapes and objects "to identify, pose and solve problems creatively and critically" (South Africa. DBE, 2011, p. 9). Although the South African Mathematics curriculum no longer places importance on traditional Euclidean construction by means of straightedge and compass, DGS can nonetheless be used to engage with fundamental ideas relating to geometric shapes, symmetry and transformations. This was the impetus behind encouraging the use of in four township schools in the Grahamstown Education District whose Mathematics teachers participate in an ongoing in-service research and development programme hosted by Rhodes University.

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