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Kazeni, Monde; Baloyi, Eddy; Gaigher, Estelle – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The South African Physical Sciences Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) requires learners to develop science inquiry skills, including Integrated Science Inquiry Skills (ISIS). However, the performance of learners in assessment tasks related to ISIS has been consistently poor over several years. The use of ineffective pedagogical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Process Skills, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Cho, Mee-Ok; Scherman, Vanessa; Gaigher, Estelle – Perspectives in Education, 2014
This paper reports on secondary analysis of TIMSS 2003 data with the aim of explaining the difference in science achievement of Korean and South African learners. The question asked by this research, i.e. which factors at various educational levels influence science achievement in Korea and South Africa respectively, is addressed from the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Correlation, School Size, Science Achievement
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Cho, Mee-Ok; Scherman, Vanessa; Gaigher, Estelle – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
This paper reports on secondary analysis of TIMSS 2003 data, based on a sound conceptual model, aiming to explain differential science achievement in South Africa from the perspective of educational effectiveness research. The conceptual framework was developed by refining existing school effectiveness models and including factors related to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Correlation, Hierarchical Linear Modeling