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Mathematics Education in East Africa

Towards Harmonization and Enhancement of Education Quality

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  • Maps pathways to harmonization of curriculum in diverse settings
  • Allows academics, practitioners and policymakers to reflect on their own practices
  • Breaks new ground and brings new insights on a hitherto little researched issue
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Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Education (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

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This Open Access book is a valuable resource for policymakers and practitioners as it brings insights mainly from developing countries where relatively less research activity takes place. It is also a valuable resource for courses in mathematics education in the teacher education colleges, and departments of education in the sub-Saharan Africa region. 

In the increasingly global and technological world mathematics is seen as a significant gatekeeper of opportunities for social and economic advancement and mobility. Hence, countries and development agencies in the broader sub-Saharan Africa region are looking towards increasing access to relevant and high-quality secondary education as a lever towards economic development. Policy makers and other key decision makers in education look towards improvement in mathematics teaching and learning as a key focus in education reform. In the East Africa region also a number of initiatives have been taken at the nationallevel in the respective countries to improve the quality of mathematics education. This book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the developments and issues in mathematics education in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, and advances our understanding of the state of secondary mathematics education in East Africa.

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


“This edited, 6-chapter, 80-page paperback volume discusses the current school level mathematics education situation in East Africa. … those who are conducting international comparisons of mathematics instruction and that those who work on mathematics education projects in East Africa, whether Peace Corp volunteers, researchers, or policy advisors, would be interested in the volume, as well as those just curious about mathematics education in East Africa.” (Annie Selden, MAA Reviews,, July, 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • East Africa Salama House Urambo, Aga Khan Univ, Inst for Edu Devt, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Anjum Halai

  • Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Dares Salaam, Tanzania

    Geoff Tennant

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mathematics Education in East Africa

  • Book Subtitle: Towards Harmonization and Enhancement of Education Quality

  • Editors: Anjum Halai, Geoff Tennant

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Education

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-27257-3Published: 15 March 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-27258-0Published: 08 March 2016

  • Series ISSN: 2211-1921

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-193X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 80

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Mathematics Education, International and Comparative Education, Education Policy

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