Student Teachers’ Experiences of Teaching Mathematics in isiXhosa in Foundation Phase Classrooms During Teaching Practice (73735)

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Friday, 22 September 2023 14:55
Session: Session 3
Room: Sants
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

This work-in-progress aims to explore student teachers’ experiences of teaching mathematics in isiXhosa in Foundation Phase classrooms during teaching practice. The dire state of mathematics education in South Africa has led to this study. The focus is on the Foundation Phase where teaching is required to happen in a learner’s home language. However, there is a shortage of teachers who are trained to teach mathematics in African home languages. Student teachers are trained to teach in English. This affects the teaching and learning of mathematics in African language classrooms negatively, as student teachers often struggle translating their mathematics content knowledge into African languages when they go for practice teaching. The participants in this project will be eight 4th year Bachelor of Education student teachers at a university in the Eastern Cape who do their practice teaching at schools where the home language is isiXhosa. The participants have been trained to teach mathematics using English. A qualitative research approach will be employed, with four classroom observation sessions for each participant and once-off face-to-face semi-structured individual interviews as data collection methods, to gain insights on how the participants mediate the teaching of mathematics in isiXhosa and the challenges they face. The goal is to highlight the centrality of language in teacher training and to identifying the language support needed by student teachers during their training for isiXhosa home language classrooms. The researcher hopes to assist the case study university to identify the language resources needed to support student teachers.

Zintle Bangiso-Fihla, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Zintle Bangiso-Fihla is a University Postgraduate Student at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00