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ERIC Number: EJ1157592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1925-0746
An Investigation into How Grade 5 Teachers Teach Natural Science Concepts in Three Western Cape Primary Schools
Set, Beata; Hadman, Joanne; Ashipala, Daniel Opotamutale
World Journal of Education, v7 n1 p33-43 2017
Purpose: The rationale behind this study was to investigate how three Grade 5 Natural Sciences teachers in three Western Cape primary schools teach science concepts so as to enable the researcher to gain a deeper understanding and more insightful perception of the ways in which the pedagogical practices of South African primary school teachers influence conceptual learning in the science classroom. Methodology: The sample comprised three teachers in a specific metropole district in the Western Cape. A qualitative approach was employed to ensure the collection of rich data. Results: The findings indicated that teachers tend to ignore learners' misconceptions in class, that they rely heavily on everyday empirical examples, that they fail to link these empirical examples to scientific concepts and that they devote little talk time to explaining scientific concepts. Recommendations: Based on its findings the study proposed a model of classroom practice that focuses on promoting effective science learning with the aim of developing and transforming the everyday, familiar knowledge of learners into new understandings of school-based scientific concepts and processes. Conclusion: The data from the study suggested that there may almost certainly be serious shortcomings in the instructional practices of teachers and that such shortcomings are not confined to the three schools in the sample but are to be found in township primary schools in general. In addition, these shortcomings may require immediate intervention on the part of senior curriculum specialists as well as teacher training higher education institutions (HEIs).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Cape Town)
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