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Westaway, Lise – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2019
The advent of a democratically-elected government in South Africa in 1994 disrupted the erstwhile synchrony between the schooling system, teacher education system, curriculum and pedagogy. Yet many South African teachers continue to express their teacher identities much like they did prior to 1994. The explanations posited for why this is the case…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Professional Identity
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Sibanda, Jabulani – South African Journal of Education, 2017
This paper interrogates the complexity of language use at the Grade Three-Four transition, using the South African context as a microcosm of similar educational systems. The paper describes the complex nature of the transition, particularly within a second language (L2) instructional context. It explores the dissonance between and among theory,…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Grade 4, Theory Practice Relationship, Language of Instruction
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Fleisch, Brahm; Schöer, Volker – South African Journal of Education, 2014
This paper reports on a mid-point evaluation of the Gauteng Primary Language and Mathematics Strategy (GPLMS), an innovative large-scale reform designed to improve learning outcomes. Using data from universal testing of all learners in 2008 on a provincial systemic evaluation, and data from the 2011 and 2012 Annual National Assessment (ANA) test,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, National Competency Tests
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De Sousa, Diana; Greenop, Kirston; Fry, Jessica – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2011
This study examined strategies for spelling accuracy in Grade 3 children. Thirty bilingual, Afrikaans-English speaking children and 30 monolingual, English-speaking children were assessed on their ability to spell English words and non-words. The bilingual children were also assessed on their Afrikaans word and non-word spelling abilities. In…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Spelling, Monolingualism, Grade 3
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Soudien, Crain – International Journal on School Disaffection, 2006
For the last four years the author has been involved with the design, administration and writing up of the results of competency tests which have been conducted for Grades 3 (ages 8-9)and 6 (ages 11-12) in his home province of the Western Cape, South Africa. In the course of this work, he and some of his colleagues working on this project have had…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Foreign Countries, Social Change, Young Adults
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Maree, J. G.; Erasmus, C. P. – Early Child Development and Care, 2006
Inadequate achievement in mathematics frequently occurs especially amongst black learners, and the problem is assuming critical proportions. Tswana learners in the Mafikeng area find themselves in an educational situation that does not always promote optimal actualisation of their personal potential. One possible outcome of this situation is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Diagnostic Tests, Mathematics Achievement