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Dr Jayaluxmi Naidoo

Position Senior Lecturer
Discipline Mathematics Education
Phone 0312601127
Email Naidooj2@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address Room CU 149, Upper Ground Floor, Main Tutorial Building.

Degrees Held  

  • Higher Education Diploma majoring in Mathematics, Physical Sc. and Chem. SCE
  • Further Diploma in Remedial Education (Passed with Cum-Laude) Rand Afrikaans University
  • Qualified Teacher Status: British Standards. University of Hertfordshire (UK).
  • B.Ed. Honours (Mathematics and Science Education). University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Masters of Philosophy (Mathematics Education). University of Nottingham (UK)
  • PhD (Mathematics Education). University of KwaZulu-Natal

Profile:

Experience:

  • Currently lectures Mathematics Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • Head of Department: Mathematics and Computer Science at school level
  • Mathematics and Physical science Teacher for KZN Department of Education: 1995- 2001
  • Mathematics Teacher: UK (2001-2003).

Accomplishments:

  • Capacity Building Member of the South African National Committee for the International Mathematical Union (SANCIMU): nominated by the National Council of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) for this position.

Awards:

  • NRF Travel Grant 2016

  • Best Teaching Team Award 2016

  • Teaching Excellence Award 2016

  • Competitive Research Grant (UTLO): 2013 – 2016

  • Emerging Researcher award 2013

Research Interests:

  • Visualization in mathematics, use of technology within mathematics teaching, issues of social justice and mathematics education and teacher training and development.

Teaching Interests:

  • Research in Mathematics Education
  • Pedagogic strategies: Mathematics Education
  • Issues in Mathematics Education
  • Teaching of geometry
  • Curriculum and Assessment in Mathematics
  • Issues of Gender and Mathematics
  • Primary Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics Method

Supervision:

Graduated students:

Masters:

  • Ndlovu, B. R. (2013). Exploring pre-service teachers’ knowledge of proof in Geometry. Masters Partial Dissertation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. 
  • Baker, M. (2014). Novice teachers' experiences if teaching literacy in the foundation phase. Masters Partial Dissertation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • Mkhabela, N. D. (2016) Exploring foundation phase teachers' use of instructional strategies to teach data handling. PhD. Dissertation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • Kopung, K.J. Exploring the use of WhatsApp instant messaging as a platform for pre-service teachers' learning of mathematics. Masters Full Dissertation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • Mbokazi, N.T. Exploring Grade Eleven learners' views on using Geometer's sketchpad for proofs in Euclidean geometry. Masters Partial Dissertation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • Mthembu, S.T. Exploring the use of the iBox when teaching mathematics in selected KwaZulu-Natal secondary schools. Masters Partial Dissertation, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.


Honours:

  • Chetty, Tholsiamma. (2011). Student number: 208525011. How does the provision of diagrams influence Grade 10 learners’ problem solving strategies?
  • Mbokazi, Nombulelo. (2011). Student number: 207523455. Investigating the visual strategies used by learners when solving problems in mathematics.
  • Ndumiso, Sithole. (2011). Student number: 207523350. Investigating strategies used by grade 10 learners when solving mathematical problems.
  • Pillay, Sophia. (2011). Student number: 206505191. What visual strategies do grade nine learners use when answering certain mathematical problems?.
  • Ramiah, Desiray. (2011). Student number: 205525395. How does visual technology develop grade 10 learner understanding of mathematical concepts?
  • Reddy, Lola. (2011). Student number: 207523449. An investigation into grade 9 learners’ use of visual strategies when solving selected mathematics problems in a school in the Chatsworth District.
  • Reddy, Pregashini. (2011). Student number: 203516279. How do diagrams influence grade 6 learners when solving selected mathematics problems?
  • Buthelezi, Thabani. (2013). Exploring misconceptions made by grade 10 learners when working with fractions.
  • Govender, Jared. (2013). Exploring the use of technology when teaching trigonometry graphs in Grade 10 Mathematics.
  • Ramsaran, Marissa. (2013). Exploring Grade 9 learners’ perceptions of using visual approaches when learning equations in mathematics.

Current students:

Masters


  • Taylor, R. Student number: 206505102. Exploring the teaching of measures of central tendency in Grade 10 statistics.
  • Kopung, K. J. Student number: 213573605. Exploring the use of an online social network system in a cross-age tutoring structure when shaping learners’ mathematical proficiency.
  • Govender, R. Student number: 207501841. Exploring the teaching of mathematics within a dynamic online environment at University level.
  • Makonye, L. Practitioners unawareness of the promotion of problem solving skills in young children in the Masvingo province.

PhD

  • Mkhabela, N. D. Student number: 209529051. Exploring foundation phase teachers’ use of instructional strategies to teach Data Handling in mathematics.
  • Rajiah, S. Student Number: 213573530.

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Invited to present a keynote lecture at the South African Mathematics Society Conference (SAMS) in November 2015. One of the UMALUSI external moderators and verifiers for FET mathematics (2013 – 2016).
  • Editor for the UKZN Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE) conference proceedings (2014-2016).
  • External panel member for the review of the University of Zululand’s (UNIZULU) Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) Department in 2012.
  • Capacity Building Representative for AMESA (Association for Mathematics Education of SA) on SANCIMU (South African committee of the International Mathematics Union).
  • AMESA (Association for Mathematics Education of SA) Problem solving Committee.
  • Co-organizer for the AMESA (Association for Mathematics Education of SA) 2011 KZN conference.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Education representative on the UKZN School of Education Teaching and Learning committee (2012-2014).
  • Worked with the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) on a project which entails improving the development of Further Education and Training (FET) teachers and Foundation Phase (FP) teachers through the use of diagnostics tools developed for teachers.
  • Coordinated visits of both international and national guest speakers for UKZN. 

Publications/Selected Publications (2011 – 2013):

Complete Research Record:

Peer reviewed Journal articles:

  • Naidoo, J. (2016). Language matters! Exploring Promise’s use of pedagogic strategies in her mathematics classroom. Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa, 47(3), 372-392. Naidoo, J. (2015). Pedagogic strategies: Using empowerment theory to confront issues of language and race within mathematics education. Power and Education, 7(2), 224-238. 
  • Mudaly, V., & Naidoo, J. (2015). The concrete-representational-abstract sequence of instruction in mathematics classrooms. Perspectives in Education, 33(1), 45-60.
  • Naidoo, J., & Paideya, V. (2015). Exploring the possibility of introducing Supplemental Instruction at secondary school level. South African Journal of Education, 35(2), 1-10.
  • Naidoo, J. (2014). Responsive and Innovative Pedagogies: Exploring Postgraduate Students’ Insights into the Use of Technology in Mathematics Teaching. Alternation, 12(1), 99-123.        
  • Naidoo, J., & Govender, R. J. (2014). Exploring the use of a dynamic online software programme in the teaching and learning of trigonometric graphs. Pythagoras, 35(2), 1-12.

Peer reviewed Conference proceedings:

  • Naidoo, J. (2013a). The teaching and learning of mathematics using innovative strategies. Paper presented at the Provincial Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA), University of KwaZulu - Natal, Durban.
  • Naidoo, J. (2013b). Exploring pre-service teachers’ knowledge of instructional strategies for mathematics teaching and learning: A focus on Postgraduate Certificate in Education students. Conference for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. PME. Kiel. Germany.
  • Naidoo, J. (2013c). Exploring pre-service teachers’ knowledge of instructional tools for mathematics. UTLO. 7th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference 2011. UKZN.
  • Naidoo, J. (2012). The teaching of geometry and trigonometry using innovative methods. Paper presented at the Provincial Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA), University of KwaZulu - Natal, Durban.
  • Naidoo, J. (2011a). Scaffolding the teaching and learning of mathematics. Paper presented at the Seventeenth National Congress of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
  • Naidoo, J. (2011b). The use of visual tools for scaffolding the teaching of mathematics. UTLO. 5th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference 2011. UKZN.

Books/ Monograph:

  • Naidoo, J. (2012). The effect of social class on visualisation in geometry in South Africa. ISBN 978-3-8484-3955-3. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Chapters in books

  • Naidoo, J. (2012). Top Class Mathematics: Grade 11. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter and Shooter.
  • Naidoo, J. (2012). Top Klas Wiskunder: Graad 4. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter and Shooter.
  • Naidoo, J. (2012). Top Klas Wiskunder: Graad 5. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter and Shooter.
  • Naidoo, J. (2012). Top Klas Wiskunder: Graad 6. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter and Shooter.

Submitted for Publication/under review

  • Naidoo, J. (2014). Factors that influence the effective teaching and learning of mathematics: Negotiating the mediating tool of language. Under review: The African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (AJRMSTE).
  • Naidoo, J. (2014). Responsive and innovative pedagogies: Exploring postgraduate students’ insights on the use of technology in mathematics teaching. Under review: Alternations.
  • Naidoo, J. & Govender, R. G. (2014). Exploring the use of a dynamic online software programme in the teaching and learning of trigonometry graphs. Under review: Pythagoras.
  • Naidoo, J. & Paideya, V. (2014). Exploring the possibility of introducing supplemental instruction at school level. Under review: South African Journal of Education (SAJE).
  • Naidoo, J. & Ndlovu, B. R. (2014). Mathematics knowledge of proof in geometry: An exploration of pre-service teachers’ perspectives. Under Review: Education as change.
  • Naidoo, J. (2013). South African pre-service teachers’ awareness and perceptions of mathematics instructional strategies. Under review: Africa Education Review (AER).

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