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Critiquing the mathematical literacy assessment taxonomy: Where is the reasoning and the problem solving?


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Title Critiquing the mathematical literacy assessment taxonomy: Where is the reasoning and the problem solving?
Creator Venkat, Hamsa; Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science 
Education, Wits University  Graven, Mellony; Rhodes University  Lampen, Erna; Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science
Education, Wits University  Nalube, Patricia; Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science
Education, Wits University 
Subject Mathematics Education; Mathematics; Education Mathematical Literacy; taxonomy;
Description In this paper we consider the ways in which the Mathematical Literacy (ML) assessment taxonomy provides spaces for the problem solving and reasoning identified as critical to mathematical literacy competence. We do this through an analysis of the taxonomy structure within which Mathematical Literacy competences are assessed. We argue that shortcomings in this structure in relation to the support and development of reasoning and problem solving feed through into the kinds of questions that are asked within the assessment of Mathematical Literacy. Some of these shortcomings are exemplified through the questions that appeared in the 2008 Mathematical Literacy examinations. We conclude the paper with a brief discussion of the implications of this taxonomy structure the development of the reasoning and problem–solving competences that align with curricular aims. This paper refers to the assessment taxonomy in the Mathematical Literacy Curriculum Statement (Deparment of Education (DOE), 2007).
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2009-09-01
Type — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v0i70.38
Source Pythagoras; Issue 70 (2009); 43-56
Language en
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