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n Pythagoras - Introducing discussion into multilingual mathematics classrooms : an issue of code switching?

Volume 2008, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-2346
  • E-ISSN: 2223-7895

Abstract

The Department of Education in South Africa advocates collaborative and constructivist learning; however, observations indicate that little discussion occurs in most multilingual mathematics classes. In this paper we draw on a pilot study set in the Eastern Cape where teachers were introduced to the theory and practice of exploratory talk, and then tasked to perform an action research project on introducing discussion in their own multilingual mathematics classrooms. The results of the study suggest some successes in terms of teachers initiating exploratory talk and highlight the fact that these successes were only achieved where code switching between English and isiXhosa formed an integral part of the process.

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2008-06-01
2019-10-19

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