Prof Maree’s forthcoming visit to Cracow – 18th to 23rd June, 2017 at The 3rd Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference Mathematical Transgressions
He will present on :
Revitalising learning facilitation in Mathematics to promote learners’ achievement and understanding and help them find sustainable, decent work
Jacobus Gideon (Kobus) Maree
University of Pretoria
The changing social arrangement of work presents a challenge not only to workers, but also to Mathematics and career counselling theorists, researchers, scholars, and practitioners. Changes in the occupational world (brought about by technological advances and the need to disseminate information across the globe faster and more efficiently) are alienating workers and leaving them insecure and uncertain. Many workers are traumatised by this struggle, and struggle to adapt to the extent that they feel that work and life have little meaning and purpose. Given the value of Mathematics as the most important ‘gateway subject’, re-planning and re-designing learning facilitation in this subject is essential to bolster learner attainment in Mathematics and promote learners’ chance to adapt, to find sustainable, decent work, and to design successful lives.
The professions of Mathematics and career counselling are obliged to come up with an innovative response to current challenges. A shift in emphasis is needed from trying to identify ways to ‘improve’ the teaching of and achievement in Mathematics to rethinking existing theories and practice, and disrupting obsolete theories and practices. An innovative, visionary approach, needed to enable the field of teaching and learning in Mathematics to re-invent itself and remain relevant in today’s world of work, will be explicated.
The time to awaken Sleeping Beauty has come.