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South African Journal of Childhood Education

On-line version ISSN 2223-7682
Print version ISSN 2223-7674


JANSEN VAN VUUREN, Eurika; HERZOG, Moritz  and  FRITZ, Annemarie. Meerkat Maths - A comprehensive maths learning programme for Grade-R. SAJCE [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.2, pp.1-10. ISSN 2223-7682.

BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown the influence of mathematical knowledge on both individual opportunities and chances for a self-determined and prosperous life as well as the welfare of nations. Against this background, the contents of maths education in the foundation phase as well as the way in which it is conveyed gain importance. While competence-oriented approaches (e.g. the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements [CAPS]) state learning goals that all learners should achieve, developmental approaches (e.g. developmental models) describe typical learning trajectories of learners. As both approaches are quite separated, there is a need for bridging the gap between them AIM: This article aims at revisiting the CAPS critically and comparing contents for early numeracy instruction. A possible alternative to the CAPS is intended SETTING: In this article, we describe a maths learning programme for Grade-R (Meerkat Maths) that combines and integrates empirical findings and curricular demands. The presented maths training aims at teaching maths in such a way that it suits children's development, raises a positive attitude towards maths and also meets educational expectations METHODS: Contents of the training programme and the CAPS are compared against the background of empirical research on numerical development and predictors for arithmetic performance RESULTS: The results reveal that research based math instruction can be conveyed in a formal training programme CONCLUSION: Keeping in mind the qualifications and training of Grade-R teachers, teacher training is necessarily embedded in the programme. Thus, the described programme is a comprehensive application of recent research for maths classes in the early grades

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