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Kavai, Portia; de Villiers, Rian; Fraser, William – International Journal of Instruction, 2017
In Life Sciences (biology) education, both nationally and internationally, the study of animal and organ morphology has traditionally involved dissection since the early 19th century. This study focused on the inclinations of teachers and learners towards animal organ dissection, and its use in problem-solving in Grade 11 Life Sciences education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Grade 11, Biological Sciences
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de Jager, Thelma; Coetzee, Mattheus Jacobus; Maulana, Ridwan; Helms-Lorenz, Michelle; van de Grift, Wim – Educational Studies, 2017
The need for quality teaching is reflected in the poor performance of students in international tests. Teachers' practices and contextual factors could contribute to substandard quality of teaching in South Africa. Several studies indicate that successful learning is largely dependent on the teachers' practices in class. The focus of the present…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies
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Cappy, Christina Lane – Education as Change, 2016
South Africa has risen to the forefront of educational debates that claim schooling can promote social justice and social cohesion. By drawing on Freire's (1970) theory of critical pedagogy, this paper examines how South African teachers in rural and township schools encourage students to reflect critically upon their own lives and take action to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Change Agents, Social Change
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Taylor, Dale L.; Lelliott, Anthony D. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
Dialogic talk, in which different ideas are considered, promotes conceptual understanding in science, and is in line with South Africa's school curriculum. The problem is that dialogic talk is difficult to facilitate and may run counter to cultural norms. As a result, classroom talk is often not dialogic. This paper reports on the nature of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Classroom Communication, Dialogs (Language), Science Teachers
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Mogari, David – Africa Education Review, 2014
The article profiles an in-service programme used to introduce a group of 22 high school mathematics teachers to an ethno-mathematical approach. The programme was built on an ongoing district-wide teacher development initiative organized and facilitated by the mathematics district official on a monthly basis. The programme took place over six…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Ramorola, M. Z. – Africa Education Review, 2013
South African teachers are faced with challenges in integrating technology effectively into a coherent framework at school level. There seems to be little evidence of technology integration into classroom activities such as systematic planning and implementation of lessons that require learners to think critically, work collaboratively, and use…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
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Assan, Thomas; Thomas, Raju – International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 2012
The study examined the opportunities available and challenges experienced by Commerce subjects' educators using ICT. Quantitative and qualitative descriptive research was used. Six high schools were purposely selected for the study because they are all equipped with computer laboratories. A purposive sample consisted of 138 school-based commerce…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Technology Integration, Foreign Countries, Business Education
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Blignaut, S. – Africa Education Review, 2011
A growing body of research has emphasized the important role that prior knowledge, experience, beliefs and attitudes play in the interpretation of policy reforms. Spillane, Reiser and Reimer (2002) assert that teachers use their prior knowledge in making sense of new directives to change their practice, pointing out how teachers arrive at…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Role, Schemata (Cognition), Foreign Countries
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Vandeyar, Saloshna – South African Journal of Education, 2010
Recognizing that teacher commitments are consequential for classroom practice, this study sets out to determine the extent to which the ethos of South African schools has been transformed towards integration in the truest sense. Findings emanating from this research indicate that teachers do not enter their classrooms as "blank slates"…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, School Desegregation, Student Diversity