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Mokgwathi, Mathelela Steyn; Graham, Marien Alet; Fraser, William – International Journal of Instruction, 2019
The study investigated the relationship between South African Grade 9 teachers' and learners' perceptions and attitudes with their mathematics achievement. The study used a secondary analysis of the TIMSS 2015 mathematics data, guided by the conceptual framework model of Scheerens (2000). The quantitative data collected through teachers' and…
Descriptors: Correlation, Grade 9, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes
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Mnyand, Lutho; Mbelani, Madeyandile – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
South Africa's communication landscape has changed and is still changing because many previously disadvantaged areas have benefitted from the construction of roads, provision of electricity and installation of satellites. As a result, many previously disadvantaged learners have access to digital media in their homes. In this article, we argue that…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Computer Literacy, Secondary School Students, Grade 9
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Juan, Andrea; Zuze, Linda; Hanna, Sylvia; Govender, Ashika; Reddy, Vijay – South African Journal of Education, 2018
School bullying is a complex social phenomenon that negatively impacts the psychosocial well-being of students, as well as the overall culture and climate of schools. Designing appropriate interventions to combat bullying in South African schools requires nuanced information about this phenomenon. This paper examines the extent and nature of…
Descriptors: Bullying, Victims, Risk, Foreign Countries
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Mellor, Kathryn; Clark, Robyn; Essien, Anthony A. – Pythagoras, 2018
Textbook content has the ability to influence mathematical learning. This study compares how linear functions are presented in two textbooks, one of South African and the other of German origin. These two textbooks are used in different language-based streams in a school in Gauteng, South Africa. A qualitative content analysis on how the topic of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Problem Solving
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Jagals, Divan; van der Walt, Marthie – Pythagoras, 2018
Awareness of one's own strengths and weaknesses during visualisation is often initiated by the imagination -- the faculty for intuitively visualising and modelling an object. Towards exploring the role of metacognitive awareness and imagination in facilitating visualisation in solving a mathematics task, four secondary schools in the North West…
Descriptors: Visualization, Metacognition, Imagination, Role
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Mampane, Ruth; Huddle, Christelle – South African Journal of Education, 2017
This study reports on the outcomes of educational psychology school-based intervention. The aim was to determine whether the intervention served as an educational pathway to resilience. Through a concurrent mixed-methods research design interpreted through a pragmatic lens, academic school performance of students in a rural school was used as an…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Intervention, Resilience (Psychology)
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Juan, Andrea; Visser, Mariette – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Determinants of educational achievement extend beyond the school environment to include the home environment. Both environments provide tangible and intangible resources to students that can influence science achievement. South Africa provides a context where inequalities in socio-economic status are vast, thus the environments from whence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Grade 9, Family Environment
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Schulze, Salomé; Lemmer, Eleanor – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Science education is particularly important for both developed and developing countries to promote technological development, global economic competition and economic growth. This study explored the relationship between family experiences, the motivation for science learning, and the science achievement of a group of Grade Nine learners in South…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Foreign Countries, Student Motivation
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Wood, Lesley; Hendricks, Farah – Educational Action Research, 2017
Teenage pregnancy among school-going youth is a concern worldwide, but in socially-economically challenged environments it is a result of, and contributory factor to, a complex web of social injustice. In South Africa, most of the school-based prevention interventions to date have been adult-designed and imparted, with the voice of the target…
Descriptors: Action Research, Participatory Research, Adolescents, Pregnancy
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Long, Caroline; Wendt, Heike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
South Africa participated in TIMSS from 1995 to 2015. Over these two decades, some positive changes have been reported on the aggregated mathematics performance patterns of South African learners. This paper focuses on the achievement patterns of South Africa's high-performing Grade 9 learners (n = 3378) in comparison with similar subsamples of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Multiplication, Comparative Education
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Mavuru, Lydia; Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article explores teachers' knowledge and views on the role of learners' socio-cultural background when teaching Natural Sciences to Grade 9 learners at three South African township schools. Within a socio-cultural framework, the research investigated how teachers accommodate learners' cultural norms and values, religion and beliefs,…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Knowledge Level, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
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van Staden, Surette; Motsamai, Puleng – Pythagoras, 2017
This non-experimental, exploratory and descriptive study, using a qualitative case study approach, aims to investigate whether there is evidence of variance in the quality of school-based assessment (SBA) in Grade 9 mathematics. Participants were purposefully selected from five schools in a district in the Northern Cape in South Africa. After…
Descriptors: Evidence, Grade 9, Mathematics Instruction, Differences
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Chirinda, Brantina; Barmby, Patrick – Pythagoras, 2017
This article reports on the design and findings of the first iteration of a classroom-based design research project which endeavours to design a professional development intervention for teachers' mathematical problem-solving pedagogy. The major outcome of this study is the generation of design principles that can be used by other researchers…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Intervention, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction
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Ramnarain, Umesh Dewnarain; Chanetsa, Tarisai – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This article reports on an analysis and comparison of three South African Grade 9 (13-14 years) Natural Sciences textbooks for the representation of nature of science (NOS). The analysis was framed by an analytical tool developed and validated by Abd-El-Khalick and a team of researchers in a large-scale study on the high school textbooks in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Natural Sciences, Textbooks
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Sanders, Martie; Makotsa, Dennis – Education as Change, 2016
Curriculum statements and textbooks are considered to be vital support tools for teachers, particularly during times of curriculum innovation. A recent change in South Africa was the controversial inclusion of evolution in the school curriculum, raising serious concerns amongst biology teachers regarding the adequacy of their content and…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Evolution, Textbooks, Foreign Countries
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