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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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Mamiala, Dikeledi; Mji, Andile; Simelane-Mnisi, Sibongile – African Educational Research Journal, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore selected mathematics students' characteristics and relate these to views students hold about geometry. The mathematics students' characteristics that the researchers focused on related to: their gender, age, the parents they stayed with, the percentage mark they expected in an upcoming test and final year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Grade 12, Secondary School Mathematics
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Mamombe, Agnes; Kazeni, Monde; de Villiers, Rian – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The literature on science education reveals a worldwide decline in young people's interest in the study of sciences. This lack of interest has resulted in low enrolment rates in science-related courses at tertiary level. Researchers have suggested, among other innovations, the use of context-based teaching approaches as a way of motivating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Genetics, Science Teachers
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Mpeta, M.; de Villiers, J. J. R.; Fraser, W. J. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
One of the major causes of the problems affecting evolution education is a lack of acceptance of this concept, particularly by some people who have strongly entrenched religious beliefs. This paper reports on a section of a study which explored the influence of the beliefs of learners in some secondary schools from the Vhembe District in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Hartley, M. Shaheed; Treagust, David F. – Learning Environments Research, 2014
This study responded to a national call to improve the outcomes in mathematics in the Grade 12 matriculation examination in South Africa by reporting learners' perceptions of the introduction of computer-assisted learning in their mathematics classrooms. Three Grade 12 mathematics classes in a peri-urban school in South Africa were visited over a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 12, Secondary School Students
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Huysamer, C.; Lemmer, E. M. – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Hazing, associated with initiation, aims at taking newcomers from novice status to a status of functional and acknowledged members of a new group. However, the process is often dangerous, injurious, and usually secretive. Hazing may occur as an unauthorised component of institutionally sanctioned orientation programmes commonly held for new…
Descriptors: Males, Single Sex Schools, Secondary School Students, Grade 8
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Kagan, Taryn; Sanders, Martie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This paper reports on an investigation of two inter-related but different matters, one of interest to science education researchers and teachers in general, and the other to those teaching about evolution. The first was motivated by the dilemma facing teachers who want to diagnose learners' prior knowledge before teaching and are concerned about…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Jews, Judaism
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Ramnarain, Umesh; van Niekerk, Celeste – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
This paper reports on an analysis of student conceptions in responses to explanation-type questions in a grade 12 (17-18 years) South African national physics examination. We were guided in our analysis of 921 examination scripts by a framework developed by Dagher and Cossman on types of explanations in science which enabled us to understand the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Secondary School Science, Physics
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Cherian, L.; Shumba, A. – Africa Education Review, 2011
Research shows that although most studies have explored the relationship between attitude and achievement in science only a few have been undertaken to reveal the nature of the relationship between affective variables and process outcomes in science. This study seeks to examine sex differences in attitude toward science among Northern Sotho…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Roodt, Monty J.; Stuurman, Sonwabo – Perspectives in Education, 2011
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child includes children's right to participation in processes that affect them. In this article we caution that in order to give real content to participation, it is necessary to understand what participation is and to acknowledge the problematic nature of the concept. We then demonstrate, by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Focus Groups, Governance, Youth
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Hartley, M. S.; Treagust, D. F.; Ogunniyi, M. B. – International Journal of Educational Development, 2008
This study addressed one aspect of a national strategic recommendation in South Africa by examining the effectiveness of computer-based outreach programmes in terms of how the programmes were implemented and learners' perceptions of the classes. The role that the computer centres played at two schools was examined and the research endeavoured to…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Foreign Countries, Grade 12
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Kibuka-Sebitosi, Esther – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Conducted in urban and rural schools in two provinces of South Africa, the present study reports biology learners' understanding of concepts about genetics and inheritance. Participants were Grade 11 and 12 learners, aged 15-16 years. The tools included a written questionnaire, interviews, pre- and post-paper and pencil tests and focus group…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Focus Groups, Genetics, Foreign Countries
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Makgato, Moses; Mji, Andile – South African Journal of Education, 2006
This study, using a non-experimental, exploratory and descriptive method, established learners' and educators' views about factors that contribute to poor performance in mathematics and physical science. Participants were purposefully selected from seven schools with poor pass rates in District 3 of Tshwane North. Focused group interviews with ten…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement