Department of Mathematics Education

Dr F Machaba

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Mathematics Education
Lecturer
Tel: 012 352 4175
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 

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

List of Peer reviewed papers:

  • Machaba, F. & Mwakapenda (2012). A Textual analysis of Grade 11 learners’ responses to Tasks in Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy. In Dorothy Nampota & Mercy Kazima (Eds). Proceedings of the 20th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE. Lilongwe Malawi, 16-19 January (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-4-6 (MALAWI)
  • Machaba, F & Mwakapenda .W (2012). Context in Mathematics Education: Methodologies, Parallels and Intra-Perspective. In Thapelo Mamiala & Frederick Kwayise (Eds). Proceedings of the 19th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE. North West University, Mafikeng, 18-21 January (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-0-8) (NORTH-WEST).
  • Machaba, F. & Mwakapenda (2014). Grade 11 learners’ responses to Tasks in Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-8-4). (PORT ELIZABETH).
  • Machaba F (2007) Learning mathematics through intergration with context that draw on learners everyday experiences both in M and ML: a pilot study: ISBN: 978 – 0 – 62038906-8 (MPUMALANGA).
  • Machaba F (2007) Learning mathematics through intergration with context that draw on learners everyday experiences both in M and ML: a Research proposal In, Inocente Mutimucuio & Marcos Cherinda (Eds). Proceedings of the 15th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE. Maputo, 9-12 January.: ISBN: 978 -0-62038906-8 (MOZAMBIQUE - MAPUTO).
  • Machaba , F ( 2007). Insights and Misconceptions of Grade 10 Learners in a south African school ( Soshanguve ). In Choshi Kasanda; Luman Muhammed, Simon Akpo & Elizabeth Ngololo (Eds). ISBN:081-127 3704 (MALAWI) ). Proceedings of the 13th Annual conference of the SAARMSTE. Namibia, 9-12 January

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. (2014). 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.