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An investigation into the mathematics performance of Grade 6 learners in South Africa

Gary S. Kotzé, Japie. P. Strauss
Pythagoras | Issue 65 | a88 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v0i65.88 | © 2007 Gary S. Kotzé, Japie. P. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 October 2007 | Published: 14 October 2007

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Gary S. Kotzé, University of the Free State, South Africa
Japie. P. Strauss, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to investigate mathematics performance of intermediate phase learners. The quality of learners’ scholastic achievement in mathematics are analysed based on the empirical evidence obtained from an international survey. The method of inquiry is based on an analysis of existing statistic-al data concerning present-oriented problems. The effects of particular variables on mathematics learn-ing are explored, such as male and female learners and those from less advantaged social backgrounds. Overall performance and competence levels are analysed. Although there are no outstanding contributing factors that influence mathematics achievement of  grade 6 learners in South Africa conclusions are drawn that may influence school system organisation and also the quality of mathematics teaching.

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