Dr. Lillias H. N. Mutambara


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education, University of Kwazulu Natal – South Africa
  • Master of Science Education in Mathematics, Bindura University – Zimbabwe
  • Bachelor of Science Education Honours Degree in Mathematics, Bindura University – Zimbabwe
  • Diploma in Education in Mathematics, University of Zimbabwe, Gweru Teachers college – Zimbabwe

Email: tendaimutambara@gmail.com, lmutambara@buse.ac.zw
Contact Details: +263 773 239 164
Department: Mathematics and Science Education
Position:  Lecturer

Work Experience
  • Lecturer – Bindura University of Science Education – Zimbabwe (January 2010 to date)
  • Lecturer – Belvedere Teachers College – Zimbabwe (January 2008 – December 2009)
  • Assistant Lecturer – Bindura University of Science Education – Zimbabwe (August 2006 – December 2007)
  • National Chief Examiner, Advanced level Maths Paper 2 – Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council – Zimbabwe (January 2005 – December 2013)
  • Ordinary and Advanced Level Maths teacher, Head of Department – 1996 to August 2006

Research Interests
  • Mathematics Education
  • Learning and teaching of Linear Algebra
  • Application of APOS in the teaching and learning of Linear Algebra
  • Pedagogical knowledge in mathematics

Duties as a lecturer/ University service

  • Conduct lectures to allocated courses within the department.
  • Supervise student’s projects in various subject areas.
  • Carry out research in areas of specialty to contribute to the development of the university, students and the nation at large.
  • Participate in the university outreach programs.
  • Attend to departmental meetings as scheduled.
  • Member of OWSD
  • Student disciplinary committee and Chaplaincy Committe

  1. Tendere, J & Mutambara, L.H.N. (2020). An Analysis of Errors and Misconceptions in the Study of Quadratic Equations. European Journal of Mathematics and Science Education, 1(2), 81-90.https://doi.org/10.12973/ejmse.1.2.81
  2. Mutambara, L.H.N., Tendere, J. & Chagwiza, C. J. (2019) Exploring the Conceptual Understanding of     the Quadratic Function Concept in Teachers’ Colleges in Zimbabwe. EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2020;16(2):em1817
  3. Mutambara, L.H.N., & Bansilal, S. (2019). An exploratory study on the understanding of the vector subspace concept. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education,1(20),1-13.
  4. Mutambara, L.H.N., & Bansilal, S. (2018). Abstraction of vector space concepts. In S. Stewart, C., Andrews-Larson, A. Berman, & M. Zandieh, Challenges and Strategies in Teaching Linear Algebra. Netherlands: Springer.
  5. Mutambara, L. H. N., Phoshoko, M., & Nyaumwe, L. J. (2017). A Comparison of South African and Zimbabwean Secondary School Mathematics Teacher Education Programs: Insight from Theoretical Expositions of Programmes. International Journal of Emerging Trends in Science and Technology. Vol.03 Issue10 Pages 4704 -4715
  6. Pagan’a, J., Nyikahadzoyi, M., Mutambara, L.H.N., & Chagwiza C. J.* (2015). The nature of the gap between the intended and the implemented ordinary level mathematics curriculum: A case study of Mashonaland central district. Journal of Educational Studies. Vol. n2 p14-21.
  7. Chagwiza, C. J., Mutambara, L.H.N., Tatira, B., & Nyaumwe, L.J. (2013). An analysis of attitudes and   mathematics achievement of ‘O’ level pupils: Insight from some Bindura urban secondary schools. International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development April 2013, Vol. 2, No. 2 ISSN: 2226-6348
  8. Chinyoka, M., Mutambara, L.H.N* & Chagwiza, C. J. (2012). Teaching fractions at ordinary level: A case study of mathematics secondary school teachers in Zimbabwe. Educational Research and Reviews, 7(4), 90-101.
  9. Tatira, B., Mutambara, L.H.N., & Chagwiza, C. J. (2012). The Balobedu Cultural Activities and Plays Pertinent to Primary School Mathematics Learning. International Education Studies, 5(1), 78.
  10. Tatira, B., Mutambara, L. H. N., Chagwiza, C. J., & Nyaumwe, L. J. (2011). Computerized Summative Assessment of Multiple-choice Questions: Exploring Possibilities with the Zimbabwe School Examination Council Grade 7 Assessments. Computer and Information Science, 4(6), 66.
  11. Kazunga C., Mutambara L. H. N., & Mapurisa, J. (2011). A carpentry cutting stock problem: A case study of planks cutting in Zimbabwe. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 4(13), 18-29

Conferences Attended
  • Mutambara, L & Bansilal, S. (2016). Investigating students’ conceptions of vector subspaces and concepts in linear algebra: A pilot study, Paper presented at the 24th Annual conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE), 12 -15 January 2016.
  • Mutambara, L & Bansilal, S. (2015). Investigating students’ conceptions of vector subspaces and concepts in linear algebra: A pilot study, Paper presented at the Tenth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the teaching and learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (Delta). Port Elizabeth 22-27 November 2015.

Workshops Attended
  • Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics Science Education and Technology (SAARMSTE) Research Clinic 15-16 January 2016, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Mastering the masters, workshops done by UKZN at Westville Campus on Use of Endnote, Microsoft word, Microsoft excel and UKZN Database, academic writing, Qualitative data analysis methods, Quantitative Data Analysis Methods, 20 September 2015      
  • Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics Science education and Technology (SAARMSTE) Research School, 23-26 June 2015, Heia Safari Lounge, Honey Dew, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Supervision of Masters’ Dissertations
  • Mudziwepasi Benny – Exploring advanced level mathematics students’ understanding of numerical methods of integration: A case study of Karoi government secondary school, Hurungwe district.
  • Jane Tendere – Exploring students’ understanding of the concept: vertex of parabolic function in secondary teachers’ colleges in Zimbabwe: A case study of first year two year programme student teachers at Mutare Teachers’ college.
  • Wara Nophas – Exporing the conceptual understanding of functions by advanced level mathematics students
  • Muchato Antony – The impact of the removal of incentives on the performance of teachers in secondary schools. a case study of Beatrice cluster in Seke district    
  • Kasirori Sherperd – Advanced level students understanding of inequalities. A case study of Muzarabani District.