Plenary speakers

Raymond Bjuland (Norway)  

Raymond Bjuland (Norway) has served Mathematics Education with distinction since 1990. He is a full Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Stavanger. He has published in a wide range of areas such as collaborative problem solving, mathematical reasoning, semiotics resources (gestures), teacher identity, mathematical knowledge for teaching, the work of teaching mathematics, lesson study, mathematical discourse, dialogical approaches to classroom discourses.

Mike Mhlolo

Mike Mhlolo (SA) holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from Wits University. He is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean responsible for Research Innovation and Engagement in the Faculty of Humanities at the Central University of Technology in the Free State. He has researched and published widely. From 2014 he has been focusing on mathematical giftedness. In 2015 he successfully applied for National Research Foundation (NRF) funding for a 3-year Research Project on mathematical giftedness. The interest to research mathematical giftedness is driven by a global discourse that positions mathematical competence as the key to the welfare of a nation in a 21st century economy.

David Mogari (SA)

David Mogari (SA) began his teaching career at a College of Education on the northern side of Pretoria in 1989, where he taught mathematics and its methods. He left the College in 1996 to join the University of Venda as mathematics education lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. He taught mathematics methods to the teacher trainees; mathematics to the practising teachers who were updating and upgrading their content knowledge; mathematics education and quantitative research methods to master's degree students. He became an Associate Professor in the Institute for Science and Technology at the University of South Africa in 2007 and a full Professor in 2014.

Belinda Huntley (SA)  

Belinda Huntley (SA) is the SAMS Plenary Speaker. She has over 30 years teaching experience in Mathematics Education at both Secondary and Tertiary levels at contact and distance-learning institutions. Her PhD thesis in Mathematics and Science Education was titled "Comparing different assessment formats in undergraduate mathematics." Belinda's research interests are in assessment, curriculum development, Item Response Theory, learning spaces, problem solving, Open Distance e-Learning, mathematical modelling and Epidemiology. She has presented her research papers at several national and international conferences and has presented several in-service teacher training workshops. She is the Regional Coordinator for the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) in Johannesburg and promotes mathematics competitions at the Wits Siyanqoba Centre for mathematically talented learners from Grades 7-12.

Loyiso Jita (SA)  

Loyiso Jita (SA) began his career as a science and mathematics teacher, after graduating from Wits University in 1988. He later took up a lectureship position at the University of Zululand from where he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to read for a PhD at Michigan State University in the USA. After serving in various capacities at the University of Pretoria and Unisa, he was appointed as the SANRAL Chair for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Free State in 2014. Professor Jita has published many articles on instructional leadership, teacher development and change, science and mathematics education. Professor Jita was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State. He has also supervised to completion over 37 Masters and PhD graduates and is currently the editor in chief for the journal, Perspectives in Education.