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Mentoring as professional development intervention for mathematics teachers: A South African perspective


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Title Mentoring as professional development intervention for mathematics teachers: A South African perspective
Creator Nel, Benita Luneta, Kakoma
Subject Mathematics Education mentoring; instructional skills; mathematical content knowledge professional development
Description Only a small percentage of mathematics teacher professional development activities in South Africa include pedagogy and instruction approaches required to teach the content. In the light of the poor mathematics results, it is of pertinent importance that teachers need to be developed in terms of the mathematics they teach and the pedagogical component of it. A teachers’ professional development programme that used mentoring as one of the interventions was investigated where the mentor conducted classroom observations and had post–observation conferences with the teachers. The data from the observations, post observation conferences and interviews of both the mentors and the mathematics teachers was used to inform the off-site workshops on mathematics content and the instructional skills required to effectively teach the content. Mentoring supported the teachers in terms of mathematics content and instruction, team teaching and lesson preparation. The teachers’ individual content and instructional needs were also assessed and supported. The study revealed that mentoring that takes cognisance of teachers’ content and instructional needs enhanced their lesson preparation and understanding of mathematics as well as the skills required to teach it effectively. The study recommends mentoring as an effective intervention in professional development programmes especially when it is informed by the teachers’ instructional and content needs.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2017-09-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — interviews; document analysis; observations
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v38i1.343
Source Pythagoras; Vol 38, No 1 (2017); 9 pages 2223-7895 1012-2346
Language eng
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Coverage — — 35-55; male and female; black
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Benita Nel, Kakoma Luneta