FOUNDATION PHASE STUDENTS' METACOGNITIVE ABILITIES IN MATHEMATICS CLASSES: REFLECTIVE CLASSROOM DISCOURSE USING AN OPEN APPROACH
Problems of Education in the 21st Century
The research findings describe a model of experiential learning that promotes the development of foundation phase student teachers' metacognitive abilities for mathematics through classroom reflective discourse using an open approach. A case study was carried out on two foundation phase mathematics classes in South Africa's universities; data were collected through observation and focus group interviews. The research's main findings indicated that student teachers' interest in reflective
... n reflective classroom discourse is important using an open-approach-based mathematics class, which helped pave the way for the student teachers to exhibit metacognitive abilities relevant to the teaching and learning steps of a foundation phase mathematics class. Deciding on the type of problem to work on, posing open-ended problems to colleagues for discussion in class, stimulating students' reflective self-centred learning, whole-class discussion, comparison of a particular problem and summarising important information for self-development in teaching and learning through connecting students' mathematical ideas all formed part of reflective classroom discourse. Recommendations were made for further development of metacognitive abilities. Keywords: mathematics class, metacognitive strategies, open approach, preservice teachers, reflective classroom, school learners, student teachers.