Our third workshop held in Masindi District, Uganda was focusing on how the learners think about Mathematics education. We invited many learners from the various schools around Masindi.
We invited Learners from various schools in Masindi District with some teachers.
We had an interesting interaction with the learners and key areas discussed included;
- Learners’ inclination towards mathematics; hate or like and why?
- Learners’ knowledge on the various mathematics topics and their thoughts and attitude towards them.
- Learners knowledge and awareness on whether mathematics is relevant to them and if there is need to study it.
- Learners’ knowledge and awareness of applicability of mathematical concepts, if they have used them, how and where?
- Learners’ knowledge on the teaching/learning aids used in mathematics education.
From the interactive discussion we had with the learners, We found out that:
- Most of the challenges in the teaching learning process are teacher centered.
- Some challenges identified are rectifiable whereas others are policy issues that are beyond our control.
- Involvement of all concerned stake holders in the teaching/learning process gives great impact.
- Use of concrete objects is key in facilitating understanding in mathematics education.
- Mathematics is a language in itself and effort must be put to explain it for learners to engage.