The use of indigenous games in the teaching of geometric patterns in mathematics in the intermediate phase

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Galawe, Busisiwe Faith
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University of the Free State
The study investigated the use of indigenous games in teaching geometric patterns in mathematics in the Intermediate Phase. The current research aimed at providing findings to using indigenous games in teaching geometric patterns in the intermediate phase. The Motheo Education District served as the site for this investigation that was guided by a method known as the explanatory sequential approach. Questionnaire were distributed to at least fifty educators during the qualitative stage. The findings were identified and categorised. The second stage of study conducted interviews with five educators. The interviews focused on investigating whether educators apply indigenous games in teaching geometric patterns. During the last stage of the research, the researcher observed the lessons of educators to determine whether educators integrate indigenous games as a teaching strategy. The conclusion of the research discovered that methods currently used by educators in teaching geometric patterns were teacher-centred rather than learner-centred. Conventional practice, known as the chalk and talk (or chalk talk) method, were still embraced in mathematics classrooms to teach and geometric patterns. The prior knowledge of learners was hardly prioritised by the educators’. However, this is problematic and can impede the performance of learners. The study revealed that the participants, when they were informed, enjoyed the use of indigenous games in teaching geometric patterns in the Intermediate Phase. Recommendations of the study were made concerning the above findings, particularly regarding further investigation.
Dissertation (M.Ed. (Education in Mathematicsn))--University of the Free State, 2023
Indigenous games, geometric patterns, mathematics, play, games, chalk and talk