I have brought to the fore different literature dealing with issues relevant to my study. However, the literature does not speak specifically to the research that I am undertaking. This emphasizes the fact that my research is of ground breaking calibre. The discussion of integration of mathematics with other learning areas has been under the looking glass, but literature exploring
the specific dissected.
To add to the pioneering status of this study, is the method of exploration using concept mapping and interviews to understand how teachers can relate concepts of economical management science to mathematics is another highlight to the study. The theories of learning and teaching used to frame this study endow with it even more substance, form and initiation. This research study can elicit the possibility to use concept mapping in lower levels of education in South African classrooms. If significant evidence lend to the enhancement of concept mapping for learning in the lower level it would be a recommendation to make to policy makers.
Bernstein (1982) is clear about what the determination factors are to categorise the different curricula and the two categories of classification (Weak or Strong). There is no in between category for the Bernsteinian concept. My argument is that the schooling system in South Africa is more complicated for just weak or strong classification to be the only two categories for classification. Therefore I will come up with more input to be categorised for the South African situated context for classification in the education system. It is my view that the universe is not as easy, as weak or strong. There are categories between the two that needs to be researched and I want to explore that options to come up with an in between. There are many situations that have no clear resolution, but continuous management make it possible and, tolerable and doable. The world is not just black or white; there are definite flexible grey areas in between, depending at the degree thereof.
All the previously mentioned literature drive me to ask my research questions and my need to place this research study in order to find out if the integrated curriculum is tacitly implemented
Prevein Marnewicke: Forms and meanings of Integration. A case study towards completion
of a Master of Education degree.