TriMATHS: Measuring the basics of Maths

Time : 12:30 – 16:30
Length of Workshop : 4 hours
Type of Workshop : Half-day Workshop
Who should attend

Anyone with an interest in intermediate Mathematics education in particular:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychometrists
  • Registered Counsellors
  • Mathematics teachers
  • Trainee teachers
  • Intern Psychology students

TriMATHS includes the Basic Mathematics (Primary) (BM(P)), the Mathematics Vocabulary (Primary) (MV(P)) and the Study Orientation Questionnaire in Mathematics (Primary) (SOM(P)) for Grade 4 to Grade 7 learners. TriMATHS can be administered either individually or in groups, at any time of the year. The BM(P) and MV(P) can be used as broad diagnostic instruments and as an aid to identify learners whose basic knowledge of mathematics or mathematics vocabulary is inadequate. While the SOM(P) can be used as a diagnostic instrument to identify learners who need support and to make a systematic analysis of their attitudes towards mathematics, their study habits in mathematics and their mathematics confidence/anxiety.


This workshop will enable attendees to administer the TriMATHS, individually or in groups, to interpret the results, and to plan and evaluate appropriate intervention. Its ultimate aim is to contribute to the facilitation of best practice in Mathematics classrooms and to stimulate research on the important matter of finding ways to improve learners’ achievement in Mathematics.

It should be stated, as a general guideline, that scores should always be interpreted in the context of learners’ total functioning. It is vitally important to note that any generalisation(s) of results should be done with extreme caution. The scores of TriMATHS can never be used as a criterion for passing or failing learners.

What’s included
  • A three hour hands-on workshop on how to administer the TriMATHS and interpret results in intermediate phase Mathematics classrooms or individually.
  • A coursework file

Prof M.S. (Marthie) Van der Walt

Prof. van der Walt is an associate Professor in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education Sciences at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus. Her main research interests are metacognitive thinking skills in the teaching and learning in mathematics as well as study orientation in mathematics and mathematics teacher education.

She is project leader of two international and one local project(s) in mathematics education; has published in national and international peer reviewed journals; has presented papers at national and international conferences, and has conducted workshops for national and international professional teachers.

Prof J. G. (Kobus) Maree

Prof Maree is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. His main research interests are career construction counselling for life designing, emotional intelligence and social responsibility, and learning facilitation in mathematics. He links research results to appropriate career choices and to life designing.

Past editor of the South African Journal of Psychology, managing editor of Gifted Education International, co-editor of the SA Journal of Science and Technology and a member of several national and international bodies, including the National Career Development Association (USA), the Society for Vocational Psychology (SVP) (USA), the International Association of Applied Psychology (USA), the Psychology Association of South Africa (SA), the South African Academy of Science and Arts (SA Acad), and the Association of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He has been the author of more than 120 articles and 60 books or chapters in books since the beginning of 2002. In 2009, he was awarded the Stals Prize of the South African Academy of Science and Arts for exceptional research and contributions to psychology. Prof. Maree has supervised 42 doctoral theses and master’s dissertations since 2001.

He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Learning from the University of Pretoria in 2010 and has been nominated successfully as an Exceptional Academic Achiever on three consecutive occasions. He has a B rating from the NRF.

A regular keynote speaker, he was invited to be one of the five State-of-the-Science speakers at the International Congress of Applied Psychology, the flagship event on the international psychology calendar, which will be held in Paris, 8-13 July 2014. Topic: Connecting life-themes to construct self-portraits.

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