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Ndlovu, Williams; Pournara, Craig; Mwakapenda, Willy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In this article, we report on findings from a study that explored perspectives of Grade 10-12 learners from two rural secondary schools in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa on the nature of mathematics prior to and at the end of a year-long mathematics mentorship programme. We use Ernest's (1994) orientations about the nature of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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Adams Tucker, Leigh; George, Gavin; Reardon, Candice; Panday, Saadhna – Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 2016
School-based sexuality education remains a key response to the HIV epidemic. Drawing on findings from an ethnographic study, this study explores how young people engage with sexuality and HIV- and AIDS-related education as it is delivered through the Life Orientation (LO) learning area in South Africa, in order to understand the dynamics that…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Secondary School Students, Focus Groups, Grade 8
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Dhlamini, Joseph J. – European Journal of STEM Education, 2016
This paper reports on a pilot study that investigated the effect of implementing a context-based problem solving instruction (CBPSI) to enhance the problem solving performance of high school mathematics learners. Primarily, the pilot study aimed: (1) to evaluate the efficiency of data collection instruments; and, (2) to test the efficacy of CBPSI…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Control Groups, Experimental Groups
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Walton, Elizabeth – International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2013
A concern with formal and epistemological access to schools can neglect the importance of access to the informal school and the friendships and sense of belonging that this implies. Despite the challenges of "voice" research, listening to what young people have to say about their experiences of, and attitudes towards social inclusion and…
Descriptors: Inclusion, High Schools, Questionnaires, Focus Groups
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Geldenhuys, J. L.; Kruger, C.; Moss, J. – Africa Education Review, 2013
In 2006, Mathematical Literacy (ML) and Life Orientation (LO) were introduced into South Africa's Grade 10 national curriculum. The implementation of the ML programme in schools stemmed from a need to improve the level of numeracy of the general population of South Africa, while LO was introduced to equip learners to solve problems and to make…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 10, Student Attitudes, Mathematical Aptitude
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Breed, Betty; Mentz, Elsa; Havenga, Marietjie; Govender, Irene; Govender, Desmond; Dignum, Frank; Dignum, Virginia – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
The research reported in this article formed part of an internationally funded project about the empowerment of Information Technology (IT) teachers in economically deprived rural schools in the North-West and KwaZulu-Natal provinces in South Africa. The current paper focused on the use of self-directed metacognitive (SDM) questioning in a pair…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Teacher Competencies, Grade 10
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Liebenberg, Janet; Mentz, Elsa; Breed, Betty – Computer Science Education, 2012
This paper reports on a qualitative study that examined how pair programming shapes the experience of secondary school girls taking IT as a subject, with respect to their enjoyment of programming and the subject itself. The study involved six Grade 11 girls who were doing solo programming in Grade 10 and pair programming in their following Grade.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Information Technology, Student Attitudes
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Pather, Sulochini – International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2011
Since the move towards inclusion in line with international trends and South Africa's attempts to address issues of marginalisation and discrimination amongst all learners, including those with special needs and disabilities, it has become evident on perusal of various research studies and reviews that there is an obsession with how far we have…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Equal Education, Access to Education, Educational Research
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Nkopodi, Nkopodi; Mosimege, Mogege – South African Journal of Education, 2009
For many years, education in South Africa has been based mainly on western values. This has contributed to the fact that many learners from disadvantaged backgrounds cannot see the connection between the education they receive at school and their everyday experiences. This may well have contributed to the high failure rate amongst mathematics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Games, Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Influences