Department of Mathematics Education

Dr F Machaba

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Mathematics Education
Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 8582
E-mail: emachamf@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Mathematics Education - Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), 2014 
  • Master’s degree in Education from Tshwane University of Technology, 2003
  • B. Tech  in Educational Management, Tshwane University of Technology, 1999
  • B. Tech in Natural Science (Mathematics & Physics) also from TUT, 2000
  • BSc (Hons) (Mathematics Education) from Wits University, 2005

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • The use of real-life context in the learning of Mathematics
  • Relationship between Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy

Journal articles

  • Machaba, F. (2016). The concepts of area and perimeter: Insights and misconceptions of Grade 10 Learners. Pythagoras, 37(1), 1-11  a304. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/Pythagoras. v37i1.304 – ISSN : 2223-7895*
  • Machaba F& Mwakapenda W 2016c. Learners’ approaches to solving a mathematical task: does specialisation matter? Africa Education Review: 13 3-4, 172-190: 172–190. ISSN: 1814-6627 *
  • Machaba F. & Mwakapenda, W. (2017). Implications on differences and similarities of mathematics and mathematical literacy. International Journal of Educational Sciences (IJES) ISSN: 0975-1122

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Scholarships and grant awards:

  • Best Honours research award in mathematics education from Wits University.

Membership of academic and professional associations:

  • A Member of Association  for Mathematics Education  in South Africa ( AMESA)
  • A Member of Southern African Association for  research in Mathematics, Science and Technology  (SAARMSTE)
  • Reviewer of AMESA, SAARMSTE conference papers

Positions held:

  • External moderator – Tshwane University of Technology
  • External examiner for Post Graduate students- Tshwane University of Technology
  • Independent subject specialist of Independent schools for UMALUSI.

Projects

Community engagement/ Research project:

  • Mathematics Teaching and Learning Intervention Progranme (MTLIP) – Team member
  • Mathematics Instruction in Sub-Saharan African countries (MTPTD) – Team member
  • Developing Mathematics Teaching Proficient Teachers (DMTPT) – Team member
  • FIRSTMATHS project – co –coordinator

Other

Peer reviewed in local conference papers

  • Machaba, F. (2016). A teacher and her Grade 10 Learners’ understanding about the teaching and learning of Mathematical Literacy. In B. Goba & J. Naidoo (Ed). Proceedings of the 22th Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa, Reclaiming our African pride through mathematics teaching, Mpumalanga, (pp. 286- 300). Tshwane University of Technology, 27 June – 01 July 2016. ISBN: 978-0-620-71520-1*.
  • Machaba, F; & Makgakga S.(2016). Grade 9 learner’s understanding of  the concept of equal sign. In: J Kriek, B Bantwini, C Ochonogor, J Dhlamini,  L Gooses. (Eds).  ISTE Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology. Education: Towards effective Teaching and meaningful learning Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Mopani Camp in Kruger National Park, University of South Africa. (pp. 149–160). 23 – 28 October 2017 ISBN 978-1-86888-907-5*
  • Machaba, F & Mphuthi, G (2016). Grade 9 learners’ conceptions of algebraic expression: A Case study of one of the schools in Mt Ayliff District. In: J Kriek, B Bantwini, C Ochonogor, J Dhlamini,L Gooses. (Eds).  ISTE Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology. Education: Towards effective Teaching and meaningful learning Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Mopani Camp in Kruger National Park, University of South Africa. (pp. 149–160). 23 – 28 October 2017 ISBN 978-1-86888-907-5*
  • Mphuthi, G, &  Machaba,F (2016). Grade 9 learners’ conceptions of algebraic expression: A Case study of one of the schools in Mt Ayliff District. In: J Kriek, B Bantwini, C Ochonogor, J Dhlamini,L Gooses. (Eds).  ISTE Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology. Education: Towardeffective Teaching and meaningful learning Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Mopani Camp in Kruger National Park, University of South Africa. (pp. 149–160). 23 – 28 October 2017 ISBN 978-1-86888-907-5*
  • Machaba, F., & Mwakapenda.W (2015). Teachers’ views on mathematics and mathematical literacy tasks. In M. Satsope, B. Chigonga & K. Masha (Eds). Proceeding of the 21th AMESA Annual conference, Limpopo, (pp. 334- 337). University of Limpopo, 29 June – 3 July 2015.: ISBN: 978-0-620-66616-9.*
  • Machaba, F., & Mwakapenda.W (2015). Teachers’ views on mathematics and mathematical literacy tasks. In M. Satsope, B. Chigonga & K. Masha (Eds). Proceeding of the 21th AMESA Annual conference, Limpopo, (pp. 334- 337). University of Limpopo, 29 June – 3 July 2015.: ISBN: 978-0-620-66616-9.*
  • Machaba, F. (2007). Learning mathematics through intergration with context that draw on learners Everyday experiences both in M and ML: a pilot study. In M. Setati, N. Chitera & A. Essien(Eds). Proceedings of the 13th Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa, (pp. 207 – 220). White River Mpumalanga, 2 – 6 July 2007: ISBN: 978 – 0 – 62038906-8

Peer reviewed in international conference papers

  • Machaba F (2016).  Subject specialists’ views on the praxis of Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy in the Secondary Schools: In: S McKinney, P Gray, MA Makgopa, SK Sharma, S Pahi, D Jackson-Sillah, S Vallipuram, R Kuamr (Eds.) Papers presented at the 2016 LSME International Conferences on Responsible Research in Education and Management and its Impact: London school of Management Education, pp. 235–262.  ISBN 978-0-9931224-2-2*
  • Machaba, F., & Mwakapenda W (2014).  Grade 11 learners’ responses to Tasks in Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. In P. Webb, M. Grace, & L. Webb (Eds). Proceeding of the 22nd Annual Conference   of SAARMSTE, (pp. 65 – 77). Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, 13 – 16 January 2014. (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-8-4)*.
  • Machaba, F., & Mwakapenda, W. (2016). Facilitator’s views on the implementation of Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. In W. Mwakapenda, T. Sedumedi & M. Makgato (Eds). Proceedings of the 24th annual conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology (pp.190). Tshwane University of Technology, Arts Campus, Pretoria, South Africa, 12 January – 15 January 2016.  978-0-9922269-2-3.
  • Machaba, F., & Mwakapenda (2013).  A Textual analysis of Grade 11 learners’ responses to Tasks in Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. In D. Nampota & M. Kazima (Eds). Proceedings of the 20th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE, (pp. 147-156). Lilongwe Malawi, 16-19 January (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-4-6)*.
  • Machaba, F., & Mwakapenda W (2012). Context in Mathematics Education: Methodologies, Parallels and Intra-Perspective. In T. Mamiala & F. Kwayise (Eds). Proceedings of the 19th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE, (pp. 65 – 77). North West University, Mafikeng, 18-21 January (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-0-8)*.
  • Machaba , F. ( 2005). Insights and Misconceptions of Grade 10 Learners in a south African school (Soshanguve). In C. Kasanda, L. Muhammed, S. Akpo & E. Ngololo (Eds). Proceedings of the 13th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE, (pp. 435 – 439). Namibia, 9-12 January. ISBN:081-127 3704
  • Modzuka, C.; Machaba, F., Long. C., & Howie, S. (2016). A jump from results to inferences about schooling: Analysis of Grade 6 Mathematics. In W. Mwakapenda, T. Sedumedi & M. Makgato(Eds). Proceedings of the 24th annual conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology (pp. 83-84). Tshwane University of Technology, Arts Campus, Pretoria, South Africa. 978-0-9922269-2-3.
  • Machaba, F., Phiri, L., Ndlovu, W., & Mwakapenda, W.  (2016). Literacy, reading and experiences in Mathematics: A discussion on mathematical discourses. In W. Mwakapenda, T. Sedumedi & M. Makgato (Eds). Proceedings of the 24th annual conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology (pp. 83-84). Tshwane University of Technology, Arts Campus, Pretoria, South Africa. 978-0-9922269-2-3.
  • Machaba, F. (2007). Learning mathematics through intergration with context that draw on learners Every day experiences both in M and ML: a pilot study. In M. Setati, N. Chitera & A. Essien(Eds). Proceedings of the 13th Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa, (pp. 207 – 220). White River Mpumalanga, 2 – 6 July 2007: ISBN: 978 – 0 – 62038906-8

Research report

  • Machaba, F. (2014).Teachers and Facilitators’ views on solving Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy tasks. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Machaba, F. (2003). Challenges facing Grade 5 educators in the implementation of curriculum 2005 in Primary schools of the Soshanguve South Cluster. Unpublished Masters’ dissertation, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Machaba, F. (2005). Insights and misconceptions that grade 10 learners in one school in Soshanguve have with the concepts of area and perimeter. Unpublished Research project, Bsc (hons) University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.