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The SA Maths Olympiad for Grades 8 to 12 learners is the biggest Olympiad in the country,    Read more....

SA Maths Challenge

Entries for the 2017 SA Maths Challenge for Grades 4 to 7 learners are open. Click on link for the entry form-   Read more....
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SAMF is a non-profit company with Public Benefit Status. There are some distinct benefits with becoming involved in mathematics education in partnering with SAMF.   Read more....
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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is registered as a non profit organisation aiming to advance the mathematics development and education of South African children and young people through improved quality teaching and learning of mathematics as well as through public awareness activities. The company was founded in 2004 by the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) and the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS).

The SAMF serves as a national office for mathematics to promote the effective co-ordination, administration and advancement of mathematics in South Africa.

The SAMF identified four thrusts:

  • Learner Development 
  • Teacher Development 
  • Advocacy 
  • Research 

 

News
A solid and good foundation can build a very strong structure which can withstand any challenge facing it. This is also essential in the learning and teaching of mathematics as it needs to be taught and understood from an early age.
SAMF launches new project with the Palanga Training Academy How do you solve a mathematical problem without understanding the jargon and terms used? Well you cannot, and that is the problem many South African learners are facing. The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), in partnership with Palanga Publishing, envisages solving the problem by conducting ‘1 Book 1 Learner’ workshops for teachers and learners. Palanga Publishing’s Training Academy is the service provider for the workshops and supplies the books for this exciting and highly effective project.
Access to Mathematics in the FET -Monday, January 23, 2017
The South African Mathematics Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics (ACM) has initiated a study to examine how various curriculum changes in the years from 1994 till 2014 affected or influenced Mathematics teaching and learning. The study looked at trends at selected schools in a diverse district in one of the South African provinces.
Latest from blog master: Prof Michael de Villiers
Does society need IMO Medalists?

In this Blog, the invited presentation of Siu Man Keung at the IMO Forum during IMO 2016 in Hong Kong, is reproduced here with his permission. We trust readers will find his title and presentation provocative, and the three problems in the APPENDIX stimulating. (The appendix is available for downloading separately at the provided link).

Does society need IMO Medalists?

(Invited talk at the IMO Forum at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 11 July 2016)

Siu Man Keung

Department of Mathematics

University of Hong Kong

Abstract

The title of this talk that sounds provocative is not chosen...

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Who Needs Mathematics?

The world we are living in is faced with many problems some of which are pollution, global warming, over-population, starvation, traffic congestion, crime, corruption, terrorism and war. In combating and addressing some of these problems, mathematics as the language of modern science generally, can play a big role. The applications of mathematics pervade our society: from the listening to digital music to the prediction of weather; from estimating fish populations to analyzing the spread of an epidemic, from politics to the arts, from medicine to sport, from optimizing the running of a busines...

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A Critique of the School Mathematics Curriculum
Prof. Michael de Villiers
The mathematics curriculum at South African schools provides valuable skills in dealing with numbers and studying geometrical objects using graphs, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and so on. However, for various reasons, teaching and assessment are inclined to treat many fundamental ideas superficially, so much so that non-routine problems are largely downplayed.
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The Work of Teaching
The Work of Teaching

In this video 'The Work of Teaching' by Deborah Ball the challenges facing mathematics teacher are outlined. Not only do good mathematics teachers require solid content knowledge, but they also need a sound pedagogical understanding of the difficulties learners may experience as well as the positive intuitions they may bring to the classroom.

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