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Schulze, Salomé; Lemmer, Eleanor – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Science education is particularly important for both developed and developing countries to promote technological development, global economic competition and economic growth. This study explored the relationship between family experiences, the motivation for science learning, and the science achievement of a group of Grade Nine learners in South…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Foreign Countries, Student Motivation
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Vogel, F. Ruric; Human-Vogel, Salomé – Higher Education Research and Development, 2016
A great deal of research within science and engineering education revolves around academic success and retention of science and engineering students. It is well known that South Africa is experiencing, for various reasons, an acute shortage of engineers. Therefore, we think it is important to understand the factors that contribute to attrition…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Engineering Education, Physical Sciences
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Schulze, Salomé; van Heerden, Mark – South African Journal of Education, 2015
In the light of the poor academic achievement in science by secondary school students in South Africa, students' motivation for science learning should be enhanced. It is argued that this can only be achieved with insight into which motivational factors to target, with due consideration of the diversity in schools. The study therefore explored the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Ramnarain, Umesh; Ramaila, Sam – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
This study investigated the self-efficacy of first-year Chemistry students at a South African university. The research involved a quantitative survey of 333 students using the College Chemistry Self-Efficacy Scale (CCSS) developed by Uzuntiryaki and Capa Aydin (2009). Descriptive statistics on data for the CCSS scales suggested that students have…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Self Efficacy, College Freshmen, Science Instruction
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George, Frikkie; Ogunniyi, M. – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2016
Instructional methodologies increasingly require teachers' efficacy and implementation of computer-assisted learning (CAL) practices in general and particularly in the science classroom. The South African National Education Department's e-Education[1] policy also encourages the use of computers and computer software in implementing outcome-based…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Mackay, James; Parkinson, Jean – Gender and Education, 2010
This article considers the relationship between gender and self-efficacy in teacher trainees engaged in an electricity-related design and construction task. Quantitative data (examination scores, task assessment, and questionnaire) and qualitative data (interviews and written student reflections) were collected. There is a gender bias in student…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Disadvantaged Schools, Self Efficacy, Educationally Disadvantaged
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Ono, Yumiko; Ferreira, Johanna – South African Journal of Education, 2010
We consider the professional development of in-service teachers and review traditional development efforts that have been used in the past. An alternative form of professional development using Japanese lesson study is proposed and discussed as a possibility. A case study involving the Mpumalanga Secondary Science Initiative, where lesson study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Communities of Practice
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Stears, M.; James, A.; Good, M-A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The research reported here investigates the efficacy of a module in an Advanced Certificate in Education course in promoting conceptual understanding in Astronomy. The research attempted to find out how teachers' understanding of astronomy concepts and processes change after completing this module as well as the reasons for such changes, if any.…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Education Courses
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Alexander, P. M.; Holmner, M.; Lotriet, H. H.; Matthee, M. C.; Pieterse, H. V.; Naidoo, S.; Twinomurinzi, H.; Jordaan, D. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
The number of student enrolments in computer-related courses remains a serious concern worldwide with far reaching consequences. This paper reports on an extensive survey about career choice and associated motivational factors amongst new students, only some of whom intend to major in computer-related courses, at two South African universities.…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Career Choice
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Jita, Loyiso C.; Ndlalane, Tembi C. – Perspectives in Education, 2009
Teacher clusters represent a recent experiment in the field of teacher professional development in South Africa. Increasingly, teacher clusters are being used as a substitute for the traditional approaches to professional development in helping teachers reshape their professional knowledge and change their classroom practices. What underlies this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development
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Louw, Johann; Brown, Cheryl; Muller, Johan; Soudien, Crain – Computers & Education, 2009
This study describes the results of a survey and a description of instructional technologies in place in the social sciences in South African Universities. Lecturers in the social sciences reported a well-established practice of information and communication technologies (ICTs) use for general purposes (although frequent use tended to be for email…
Descriptors: Use Studies, Self Efficacy, Social Sciences, Instructional Materials
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Pracana, Clara, Ed.; Wang, Michael, Ed. – Online Submission, 2016
We are delighted to welcome you to the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT) 2016, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 30 of April to 2 of May, 2016. Psychology, nowadays, offers a large range of scientific fields where it can be applied. The goal of understanding individuals and groups (mental functions and…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology
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Scholtz, Brenda; Cilliers, Charmain; Calitz, Andre – Journal of Information Systems Education, 2012
Graduates with industry-relevant ERP competencies are highly sought after. This requirement is due to a dominance of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and the positive affect which good quality ERP specialists have on the success rate of ERP system implementation projects. Universities are therefore increasingly pressurised to supply…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Competency Based Education, Computer Software, Experiential Learning
Kommers, Piet, Ed.; Issa, Tomayess, Ed.; Issa, Theodora, Ed.; McKay, Elspeth, Ed.; Isias, Pedro, Ed. – International Association for Development of the Information Society, 2016
These proceedings contain the papers and posters of the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS 2016), Educational Technologies (ICEduTech 2016) and Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE 2016), which have been organised by the International Association for Development of the Information Society and…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries, Internet, Educational Technology
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Jita, Thuthukile – Perspectives in Education, 2016
Research suggests that there is a need for better training of prospective teachers on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in order to encourage their use for teaching and learning in schools. This paper presents findings on the self-perceptions of competence by pre-service teachers to use ICTs for teaching science content. A mixed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Science Instruction
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