for the learning of mathematics


Ernest Kofi Davis - Vol. 37 Num. 2 (2017)
 A three-tier teaching model for teaching mathematics in context

14-15
 ABSTRACT:

Mathematics is often positioned as being difficult for Ghanaian teachers to teach and pupils to learn. Although literature point to the educational and scientific relevance of many of the socio-cultural practices in the Ghanaian society, many mathematical concepts are taught out of context in schools. In this paper I will draw on Bishop’s (1988) distinction between Mathematical Enculturation and Mathematical Acculturation, Vygotsky’s (1987) distinction between Everyday and Scientific concepts, and Lancy’s (1983) stages of cognitive development to propose a three-tier teaching model for teaching Ghanaian primary school children and those from other African countries that share similar conditions with Ghana.

 


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