The changing landscape of post-apartheid education in South Africa has seen significant reform in the mathematics curriculum and marked growth in the community of researchers investigating mathematics education. The editors of this collection argue that a new agenda is required in mathematics education research in order to better understand the connections between research on the one hand, and curriculum reform, policy and practice on the other. Themes explored by the contributors include issues of language, assessment, ethnomathematics, aspects of radical pedagogy and progressive classroom practice, teacher education, and mathematics education research in South Africa in the context of international developments in the field.
Renuka Vithal is an associate professor in the school of educational studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Jill Adler is the chair of mathematics education in the school of education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Christine Keitel is a professor of mathematics education in the department of education and psychology at Freie Universit t in Berlin.
Research, curriculum innovation and change: Mathematics curriculum research - roots, reforms, reconciliation and relevance; towards a framework for developing and researching groupwork in mathematics classrooms; mathematics education and language - policy, research and practice in multilingual South Africa; teachers' assessment criteria in school mathematics; ethnomathematics research in South Africa. Researching teacher education: Diverse orientations, merging messages - holding the past, living the present and creating a future - trends and challenges in research on mathematics teacher education; pre-service mathematics teacher education - building a future on the legacy of apartheid's colleges of education; dilemmas in the design of in-service education and training for mathematics teachers; dilemmas of change - seeing the complex rather than the complicated? Psychological, sociological and historical research and perspectives: Examining understanding in mathematics - a perspective from concept mapping; knowledge and pedagogy - sociological research in mathematics education in South Africa; a history of mathematics education research in South Africa - the apartheid years.