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Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre

Project Background

As part of the Maths, Science and Engineering development programme that is sponsored by MerSeta in 2011, a dedicated Maths and Science Learner Project (MASLP) for previously disadvantaged Grade 11&12 learners with potential from the CACADU region was implemented in Somerset East in January this year.

Goals of the project:

  • Project to serve as a Science Engineering and Technology (SET) incubator school for previously disadvantaged learners before they enroll for degree/diploma programmes at HE institutions.
  • Build confidence amongst FET learners in the areas of Science and Mathematics.
  • Improve Mathematical insight, understanding and problem-solving skills of FET learners.
  • Expose FET learners to a DVD-driven teaching model of the Core Mathematics and Physical Science topics in the new NCS syllabi.
  • Improve the quantity and quality of Grade 11 and 12 Mathematics successes in Mathematics and Physical Science.

MASLP Implementation Plan:

  • Identify 50 Grade 11 and 50 Grade 12 Mathematics and Physical Science learners with potential from previously disadvantaged schools in the Somerset East region of the Karoo.
  • Invite the 50 Grade 12 learners to participate in a series of 14 Saturday morning interactive lecture and tutorial sessions. During these sessions the new NCS Maths and Science syllabi will be covered in a systematic way using a DVD based teaching model.
  • Invite the 50 Grade 11 learners to participate in a series of 14 Saturday morning interactive lecture and tutorial sessions. During these sessions the new NCS Maths and Science syllabi will be covered in a systematic way using a DVD based teaching model.
  • Mathematics and Science experts from the NMMU as well as local expert FET Educators from Somerset East and neighboring areas will be responsible for the Saturday morning interactive lectures and tutorials.
  • During tutorial sessions learners will be given the opportunity to practice the newly acquired knowledge and skills under the guidance of top Mathematics and Physical Science educators.
  • A series of 28 Mathematics DVD’s as well as a series of 28 Physical Science DVD’s covering the new grades 11 and 12 Core Syllabi have been designed and produced after an extensive period of research to establish an optimal technology-based teaching model for these subject areas. These DVD series will be utilized as key elements of this intervention initiative. This will imply that lessons will be presented as a series of Maths (Science) micro-lessons followed by interactive tutorials in a structured way during each session.
  • An experienced team of well-trained and dedicated staff will be in place to facilitate the teaching and learning.
  • Project learners and participating schools will each receive a set of DVD’s to practice and share with other learners in their respective schools during the week(s) that follow each of the Saturday morning deliveries.
  • Project learners will write a test each week on the work done during the previous week. Tests to be evaluated and learners will receive constructive feedback. These results will form part of structured research aimed at ensuring the academic quality of the project.
  • Homework assignments each week will be structured in such a way as to serve as revision and preparation for the tests to follow.
  • A pre-test will be written at the start of the project period and the final exam marks will be measured against this benchmark as way to determine the impact of the incubator school teaching model.

Expected MASLP Outcomes/Impact Factors

  • One hundred previously disadvantaged Grade 11&12 Maths and Science learners with potential who are much better equipped to cope with their studies at HE institutions in the fields of Science, Engineering or Commerce.
  • Fifty previously disadvantaged Grade 11 learners with potential who are much better equipped to be successful in their final year of NSC schooling.
  • Quality Maths and Science DVD teaching resources in 20 previously disadvantaged schools.
  • Exposure of thousands of additional Grades 11&12 learners and educators from project schools to the content of the NCS Science and Mathematics content DVD series.