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Themba M Mthethwa

Position Lecturer
Discpline Mathematics Education
Phone 031 260 2634
Email mthethwat@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address MTB, CU145

Degrees Held

  • B Paed Science University of Zululand
  • SSTD Science University of Zululand
  • B Ed Science Honours University of Zululand
  • M Sc  Mathematics Education Wits University
  • PhD Mathematics Education Wits University


  • Currently Lectures Mathematics Education at the University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Executive Director/Head of Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy at St Stithians College
  • Content Advisor for the Select Committee for Education in Parliament, Cape Town.
  • CEO at the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME)
  • HOD School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education at Fort Hare
  • Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg
  • Deputy Principal at Mntanenkosi High School
  • HOD Maths and Sciences at Sinethezekile Combined School



  • I received Oppenheimer Fund for a study visit to Oxford University at the time when I was doing my PhD.

Research Interests:

  • Curriculum issues in Mathematics, Teaching and learning Mathematics, Mathematics Education teacher professional development, Contexts in Mathematics, Psychology and Philosophy of Mathematics

Teaching Interests:

  • Research in Mathematics
  • Curriculum issues in Mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry and Geometry
  • Mathematics Education

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • I am a member of the KZN Technical Task Team for MST advising the office of the Premier.
  • I am a Board Member of Editors for the Teaching and Learning Journal, a division of Pythagoras.

Publications/Selected Publications:

  • Mthethwa, T.M. (2009). Exploring teachers’ interpretation and implementation of the intended Mathematical Literacy Curriculum. Proceedings of the 17th Conference of SAARMSTE. Rhodes University.
  • Mthethwa, T.M (2009). An analysis of Mathematical Literacy curriculum documents: cohesions, deviations and worries. Proceedings of the 15th Annual National Congress of the Association for Mathematics of South Africa. Free State University.
  • Mthethwa, T.M. (2010). Teachers’ views on the role of context in Mathematical Literacy Curriculum. Proceedings of the 18th Conference of SAARMSTE. University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
  • Mthethwa,T.M & Graven, M (2010). Teachers’ experiences of teaching Mathematical Literacy curriculum. International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) Conference. University of Botswana, Gaborone.
  • Mthethwa,T.M (2012).  Teacher’s experiences of interpretation and implementation of a new curriculum: A case of South African Mathematical Literacy curriculum. Proceedings of the 20th Conference of SAARMSTE. University of Malawi, Lilongwe.
  • Mthethwa, T.M (2012). Models and Approaches in Supporting Teaching & Learning of Mathematics and Science in SA Schools-the Role of ICT.  MATHS, SCIENCE & ICT IN EDUCATION CONVENTION. 28, 29 & 30 AUGUST 2012, Apollo Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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