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van der Berg, Servaas – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Few developing countries participate in external educational evaluations. Information gaps on education quality make it imperative to expand such evaluations. Furthermore, international comparability across different evaluations should be improved. In addition, data from evaluations must be combined with data on access or coverage. Finally,…
Descriptors: International Education, Developing Nations, Outcomes of Education, Socioeconomic Status
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Murris, Karin – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2016
In this article I argue that insufficient attention is paid to the explicit teaching of comprehension in South African literacy policies and practices. Like elsewhere, governments reinforce the existing curriculum gap by trying to solve the achievement gap in early literacy. I substantiate my claim through a critical analysis of a report…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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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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Gilmour, David; Soudien, Crain – Comparative Education, 2009
Silent exclusion, when children register and attend school but learn little, is a critical feature of educational access in South Africa. Several international studies (e.g. TIMMS, SACMEQ) have shown that despite high levels of investment, South African schools perform poorly in relation to other countries at similar levels of income. Equitable…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Equal Education
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Swanson, Dalene M. – Qualitative Inquiry, 2009
This narrative acts as an articulation of a journey of many routes. Following Part I of the same research journey of rootedness/routedness, it debates the nature of transformation and transcendence beyond personal and political paradoxes informed by neoliberalism and related repressive globalizing discourses. Through a more personal, descriptive,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Transformative Learning, Disadvantaged, Poverty
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van der Berg, Servaas – Studies in Educational Evaluation, 2008
Given South Africa's divided past, it is imperative to improve educational outcomes to overcome labour market inequalities. Historically white and Indian schools still outperform black and coloured schools in examinations, and intraclass correlation coefficients (rho) reflect far greater between-school variance than for other countries. SACMEQ's…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Correlation, Foreign Countries, School Effectiveness