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Snow, Catherine E. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Certain tasks are more likely to be solved by groups than by individuals, even when the individuals are highly skilled at aspects of the task. These are tasks such as filling out income tax forms or performing surgical operations, for which inputs from several individuals who have complementary domains of knowledge and skill are needed. I refer to…
Descriptors: Schemata (Cognition), Child Development, Literacy Education, Career Development
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Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
How the child develops and learns should be an integral part of pre-service teacher education programmes. This article argues that for foundation phase teachers to teach young children effectively, course content in initial teacher education (TE) should cultivate a thorough understanding of the developing child by infusing theories of childhood…
Descriptors: Child Development, Preservice Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Practicums
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Ogunyemi, Florence T.; Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The work reviews the ongoing controversy over work and play within the framework of a constructivist early childhood curriculum. Educators and parents with narrow perception of play view it as mere physical actions of walking, clapping and singing outside class work. However, educators who hold a constructivist epistemological view of child play…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Play, Constructivism (Learning)
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Wills, Gabrielle – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
In the past decade there has been a notable shift in South African education policy that raises the value of school leadership as a lever for learning improvements. Despite a growing discourse on school leadership, there has been a lack of empirical based evidence on principals to inform, validate or debate the efficacy of proposed policies in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Educational Policy, Administrator Effectiveness
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Wium, Anna-Marie; Louw, Brenda – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This critical review addresses the implications of the Curriculum and Assessment Plan Statement (CAPS) for collaboration between teachers and speech-language therapists (SLTs) in schools. A historical perspective on changes in the roles and responsibilities of SLTs is provided, reflecting a shift from supporting the child to supporting the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Allied Health Personnel, Speech Language Pathology
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van der Berg, Servaas – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Much hope is placed on education systems to reduce socio-economic learning gaps. However, in South Africa, uneven functioning of the school system widens learning gaps. This paper analyses education performance using ANA data. Weak calibration and inter-temporal or inter-grade comparability of ANA test scores limit their usefulness for measuring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scores, Correlation, Achievement Tests
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Nomlomo, Vuyokazi; Desai, Zubeida – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa to strengthen foundation phase teaching has resulted in the development of new foundation phase (Grades R--3) programmes at institutions that did not previously offer them. In this article we reflect on the conceptualisation and development of a pre-service…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Design
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Murris, Karin; Verbeek, Clare – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
We start our paper with a critical exploration of the current 'back to basics' approach in South African foundation phase teacher education with its emphasis on strengthening the teaching of subject knowledge. We claim that such a proposal first demands an answer to the question 'what is foundational in foundation phase teaching?' We propose an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Role of Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Rousseau, Nici – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
From a view of multiple types of knowledge for a blend in teacher education, the paper discusses the need for epistemological diversity in the types of knowledge for grade R teacher education. I claim in this article that for epistemological diversity, innovative mixes of knowledge are required and that they have to be explicated. The argument of…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators, Foreign Countries
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Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The article reports on the process of producing a film for students in a university course. The purpose of the production was to make local film material that could assist students in their learning of developmental cognitive psychology theory in general, but specifically also the mathematical cognition of children. Although the students in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Films, College Students, Developmental Psychology
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Green, Whitfield; Adendorff, Michael; Mathebula, Bongekile – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This paper explores the extent to which foundation phase teacher supply meets demand in South Africa, against a backdrop of considerable change in an education system endeavouring to fulfil the needs of a 21st century society while still battling with significant inequalities in the distribution of skills. The primary purpose of the paper is to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Supply and Demand, Primary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Henning, Elizabeth – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
The article proposes that cognitive developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience theory need to feature more prominently in the theoretical frameworks for South African research on language in mathematics learning in the early years of school. I argue that, considering the state of mathematics learning in the foundation phase and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Models
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Askew, Mike – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
Children's learning of early number bonds is a significant issue in South African schools because evidence shows that flexible and efficient (fluent and reasoned) knowledge of number bonds to 20 correlates with success at the end of primary schooling, yet the evidence is that many South African students are over-reliant on inefficient counting…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Numeracy, Faculty Development, Correlation
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Graven, Mellony; Venkat, Hamsa; Westaway, LIse; Tshesane, Herman – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
In this paper we examine the extent of the focus on number sense, enabled and accompanied by the development of efficient strategies for mental maths, in the foundation and intermediate phase. We do this through documentary analysis of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) for these phases and the Annual National Assessments…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Curriculum, Educational Assessment
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Henning, Elizabeth – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
In a search for ways to capture foundation phase children's competence in mathematics, a small research team was put together at a South African university four years ago. At first, working only in a single school where the objective was to model 80 learners' growth in competence over four years, the team transformed into a very different entity.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Young Children, Mathematics Skills
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