The use of indigenous games in the teaching and learning of Mathematics


Indigenous games play an important role in various communities. Despite research indicating that these games can be used to advance and create a connection between classroom activities and the real life contexts, the connection has not been explored adequately to make this a reality in many mathematics classrooms. This Article reports on the various indigenous games that are a feature in South Africa as well as the Southern Africa region. The Article identifies a number of indigenous games that are popular in South Africa and how such games have been used to promote cultural heritage. This article also discusses examples of the use of such games in the process of teaching and learning of mathematics in schools.

Keywords: Indigenous games. Mathematics teaching and learning. Sociocultural context. Real-life examples.


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