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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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Mundy, Christine; Potgieter, Marietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In this study, action research was used over two years to refine the implementation of process-oriented guided inquiry learning for chemistry students in an academic development programme at a research-intensive South African university. Students' responses to guided inquiry were collected based on a three-pillar framework underpinned by cognitive…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Chemistry, Foreign Countries
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Chirikure, Tamirirofa; Govender, Nadaraj; Sibanda, Doras; Kolobe, Lebala; Good, Mary-Anne; Ngema, Sebenzile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Students' approaches to learning have a significant impact on the outcomes of any educational programme. In the light of the documented concerns about the quality of students' engagement with academic work, this study sets out to determine and explain preservice teachers' (PSTs) approaches to learning. This was based on the premise that, while…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Learning Strategies
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Sibanda, Lucy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The underperformance of South African learners in literacy and numeracy is a cause of concern, especially at the transition from Grade 3 to Grade 4. At Grade 4 in South Africa, the majority of learners begin learning in English, which to them is an additional language posing transition challenges of a linguistic nature. The sustained poor…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Reddy, Leelakrishna – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Learners' attitude to learning science plays a vitally important role with respect to career choices. This study reflects on the nature of the learners' attitude towards science and the effect of gender. A total of 547 Grade 7 learners from an urban district of Gauteng Province (South Africa) were administered a questionnaire to probe their…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Grade 7
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Liccardo, Sabrina; Bradbury, Jill – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Black women scientists are living in an important time in South Africa as the socio-political landscape is changing rapidly, effecting changes in many dimensions of identification, particularly "race", gender and class. This paper draws data from in-depth interviews with a cohort (n = 10) of Science scholarship students to explore…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Blacks, Women Scientists
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Agunbiade, Esther; Ngcoza, Kenneth; Jawahar, Kavish; Sewry, Joyce – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The Khanya Maths and Science Club (KMSC) is an afterschool science/maths enrichment programme for learners in Grades 7-12 supported by postgraduate students and academic staff volunteers. This research seeks to explore the relationship between participating learners' attitude toward learning science and the characteristics of this afterschool…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes, After School Education, After School Programs
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Mollett, Jean; Cameron, Ann – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
In southern Africa, biotechnology is increasingly important with regard to food security and the development of the pharmaceutical industry. Universities are tasked with providing the relevant capacity development through tertiary-level courses to meet these development needs. However, the knowledge and practices of biotechnology may be…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Biotechnology, Focus Groups, Questionnaires
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Ngcoza, Kenneth M.; Sewry, Joyce; Chikunda, Charles; Kahenge, Wendy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Science Expos are intended to develop and empower learners to identify local problems and hence find solutions thereof using scientific processes. Science Expos are perceived as spaces for sharing experiences of science which engender love for science so that learners may ultimately pursue science-related careers. Despite these ideals, there is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Communities of Practice
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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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Govender, Nadaraj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This case study explored the development of two pre-service teachers' subject matter knowledge (SMK) of electromagnetism while integrating the use of concept maps (CM) and collaborative learning (CL) strategies. The study aimed at capturing how these pre-service teachers' SMK in electromagnetism was enhanced after having been taught SMK in a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Energy, Scientific Concepts
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Granklint Enochson, Pernilla; Redfors, Andreas; Dempster, Edith R.; Tibell, Lena A. E. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
In this paper we focus on how South African students' ideas about the human body are constituted in their descriptions of three different scenarios involving the pathway of a sandwich, a painkiller and a glass of water through the body. In particular, we have studied the way in which the students transferred ideas between the sandwich and the…
Descriptors: Human Body, Secondary School Students, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Tsanwani, Avhasei; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Maree, Kobus – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Under-performance in mathematics is a challenge in South African schools. The purpose of this study is to advance views expressed by teachers and learners on factors that facilitate learners' performance in mathematics. The participants in this research were educators and learners from historically disadvantaged schools from similar socio-economic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, High Achievement
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Christiansen, Iben Maj; Aungamuthu, Yougan – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
Learning or performance gains are often measured in improvements of test scores over time. However, learners may also answer questions incorrectly which they appeared to master previously, making claims about overall learning gains problematic. Using data from 1,211 grade 6 learners in the Umgungundlovu district in KwaZulu-Natal, we interrogated…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Scores, Elementary School Students
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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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