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Does Curriculum 2005 promote successful learning of elementary algebra?

Nelis Vermeulen
Pythagoras | Issue 66 | a77 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v0i66.77 | © 2007 Nelis Vermeulen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 October 2007 | Published: 14 October 2007

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Nelis Vermeulen, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

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This article reviews literature, previous to the development of Curriculum 2005, describing possible causes and solutions for learners’ poor performance in algebra. It then analyses the Revised National Curriculum Statement for Mathematics in an attempt to determine whether it addresses these causes and suggested solutions. This analysis finds that the curriculum to a large extent does address them, but that some are either not addressed, or addressed only implicitly. Consequently, Curriculum 2005 may only partly promote successful learning of elementary algebra.


Curriculum 2005; algebra;


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