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teachers what type of understanding of integration they are implementing.There is a need to understand what an integrated curriculum mean to teachers and what it demands from the implementers (teachers) of such a curriculum. The national curriculum statement is currently being implemented. We need to explore the extent to which educators in practice grasp and understand what an integrated curriculum means

Historically mathematics has been a strong bound subject and now it needs to blur its boundaries and allow some integration with other subjects (Learning Areas). My study is based on what the policy says about integration and takes into cognizance that view brought to the fore by policy and investigating that view on what is happening and being implemented in the practice in the process of learning and teaching. An understanding of and insights into the demands that integration is placing on teachers in practice should be of invaluable worth to the teaching fraternity.

1.5.2 Strategic aim

It is important to indicate to curriculum policy makers and implementers how teachers understand integration between learning areas and how they implement it in practice. The aim is to give recommendations to the Department of Education (DoE) in terms of the ambiguity that might come to the fore with the different understandings of integration and the implementation thereof in practice. Policy makers and those in power can use this information in order to determine whether teachers need more in service training on integration and if teachers need in depth education or re- education in order to fully grasp this notion of integration and practical suggestion on how to implement the theory effectively in practice (pedagogy).

There is a need to engage with the debate on integration and what it means to teachers in the South African context. Engagement with key questions is needed: Where do we fit into the global understanding and interpretation of what an integrated curriculum is and what the integrated curriculum in mathematic requires. What can we learn about best practices of

Prevein Marnewicke: Forms and meanings of Integration. A case study towards completion

of a Master of Education degree.

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