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Mathematical Literacy – mathematics and/or literacy: What is being sought?

Hamsa Venkat
Pythagoras | Issue 66 | a82 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v0i66.82 | © 2007 Hamsa Venkat | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 October 2007 | Published: 14 October 2007

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Hamsa Venkat, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Mathematical Literacy was introduced as an alternative option to Mathematics in the Further Education and Training (FET) phase (Grades 10-12, learners generally aged 15-18) in South Africa in January 2006. As a new subject in the FET phase, and with aims that differ somewhat from the notion of mathematical literacy that figured within the Mathematical Literacy / Mathematics / Mathematical Sciences (MLMMS) learning area in the General Education and Training (GET) phase, teachers are faced with implementing a subject which does not have established aims, understandings and practices associated with it.


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