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Mokibelo Nshabaleng of TSI talks about the FirstRand Maths Chairs project, which aims to create models for improving education, at Making CSI Matter 2012.

Mokibelo Nshabaleng of TSI talks about the FirstRand Maths Chairs project, which aims to create models for improving education, at Making CSI Matter 2012.

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  • 1. TrialogueIllovo, Melville, Johannesburg
  • 2. Tertiary Education – Maths & Numeracy Chairs Project Co-authors: Mamokgethi Setati and Mokibelo Ntshabeleng Presenter: Mokibelo Ntshabeleng 23 May 2012
  • 3. Presentation outline What is the problem? Outcomes of the initiative The structure of the initiative Benefits and challenges of the initiative Collaboration and on-going learning on the Maths Chairs Project
  • 4. What is the problem? The crisis in mathematics education in South Africa characterised by:  Poor numeracy & maths results  Limited capacity of maths teachers  Thus, fewer learners are taking maths careers at the IHL  Universities struggling with consequences of schooling failure Lack of productive collaboration with universities in finding solutions to the crisis
  • 5. Envisaged outcomes Well researched, practical and sustainable solutions to the maths crisisUnintended outcomes Enhanced research outputs and focus at IHL Strengthened and increased mathematics education capacity in IHL Increase in the number of new researchers Creation of research career pathways for young mid-career researchers/academics
  • 6. How the initiative is structured? Collaboration between private sector, government (DST and DBE), NRF and universities. Institution of mathematics education and numeracy chairs at universities. Each chair is contracted for five years and has to work with at least 10 schools to do the following:  Develop and implement programmes for the professional development (skills and knowledge) of mathematics teachers in the school;  Initiate, lead and co-ordinate programmes of research to improve the quality of mathematics teaching and learning, and learner performance  Provide leadership through academic citizenship and public engagement in national and regional fora in the field of mathematics education.
  • 7. Benefits Focus on possible solutions rather than the crisis Moving focus from ‘what is’ to ‘what ought to be’ Changing the conversation/discourse about mathematics education in SA
  • 8. Challenges Private sector needs quick results, however, researching possible solutions to the crisis takes time. Measurement of success: intangible vs. tangible results  Are matric results a good success indicator? Ethical considerations and what it means when the funder brings in an evaluator
  • 9. Collaboration Public-private partnership between the FirstRand Foundation, the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund and the Department of Science and Technology Its strength lies in a strong partnership between the provincial and district departments of education, hosting universities and schools
  • 10. Ongoing learning Central to this project is a longitudinal evaluation that has been commissioned by the co-funders Annual Community of Practice meeting – a platform to share learnings Further learnings from both the evaluation and research are incorporated to refine the projects’ plans and funding requirements
  • 11. Q&ADiscussions