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Long, Caroline; Wendt, Heike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
South Africa participated in TIMSS from 1995 to 2015. Over these two decades, some positive changes have been reported on the aggregated mathematics performance patterns of South African learners. This paper focuses on the achievement patterns of South Africa's high-performing Grade 9 learners (n = 3378) in comparison with similar subsamples of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Multiplication, Comparative Education
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Froneman, Sonica; Plotz, Mariana; Benadé, Trudie; Vorster, Hannatjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
The traditional transmission-based school curriculum in South Africa has been replaced by an outcomes-based school curriculum since 1998. In this article we report on a comparative study on the mathematical knowledge and skills of two cohorts of first-year students: the last cohort to be exposed to a transmission curriculum in Grades 10-12 and the…
Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematics Skills, Cohort Analysis, Comparative Analysis
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Brodie, Karin; Sanni, Rasheed – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Much of the work on teacher knowledge suggests that content knowledge shapes pedagogical content knowledge, and in fact is primary in the relationship between the two forms of knowledge. In this paper we challenge this view, arguing from a situated perspective on knowledge and learning, that pedagogical content knowledge strongly shapes content…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Interviews, Geometry, Communities of Practice
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Mhlolo, Michael Kainose – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
Learner acquisition of higher order cognitive skills and processes in mathematics is at the centre of many current curriculum reforms the world over. Although literature suggests that high-level cognitive processes require emphasis on reasoning about and connecting ideas, in South Africa one of the biggest challenges has been to develop tools that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cognitive Processes, Educational Change
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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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Samson, Duncan; Desmond Marongwe, Anesu – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
Classroom-based continuous assessment (CA) has become an important component of Namibia's post-independence emphasis on learner-centred education. This paper compares continuous assessment results with end-of-year examination marks for Grade 10 Mathematics for the years 2008-2010. Against this backdrop, and given that classroom-based continuous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation
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Mushayikwa, Emmanuel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This paper is part of a larger study that was carried out to investigate the use of information communication technology (ICT) in the self-directed professional development (SDPD) of mathematics and science teachers in Zimbabwe. The educational context provides an example of how teachers compensated for lack of structured government initiatives to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Linder, Anne; Airey, John; Mayaba, Nokhanyo; Webb, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Recently, the South African Institute of Physics undertook a major review of university physics education. The report highlighted the necessity for further transformation of the teaching of physics, particularly in relation to the teaching of under-prepared students. In this article we examine how physics lecturers in South Africa reported how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines, Literacy, Academic Discourse
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Atebe, Humphrey Uyouyo; Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011
The purpose of this qualitative case study involving six secondary school teachers was to obtain insight into how geometry is taught in selected Nigerian and South African high schools. It also aimed, by making use of the van Hiele model of geometry instruction, to elucidate what possible learning opportunities observed instructional methods could…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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Mavuru, Lydia; Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article explores teachers' knowledge and views on the role of learners' socio-cultural background when teaching Natural Sciences to Grade 9 learners at three South African township schools. Within a socio-cultural framework, the research investigated how teachers accommodate learners' cultural norms and values, religion and beliefs,…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Knowledge Level, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
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Dimitriou-Hadjichristou, Chrysoula; Ogbonnaya, Ugorji I. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This paper reports a study on the effect of using the Lakatosian heuristic method to teach the surface area of a cone (SAC) on students' achievement according to Bloom's taxonomy levels. Two groups of students (experimental and control) participated in the study. The experimental group (n = 20) was taught using the Lakatosian heuristic method…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Teaching Methods, Geometry, Geometric Concepts
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Lelliott, Anthony – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The notion of scientific literacy is contested terrain, particularly when the term is used in school curricula. Using a scientific literacy framework of Vision I (covers science products and processes) and Vision II (based on science-related situations as a starting point for discussion), the article analyses the Natural Science (grades 7-9)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Science
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Kaheru, Sam J.; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
A study on the effect of the use of computer simulations (CS) on the acquisition of knowledge and cognitive load was undertaken with 104 Grade 11 learners in four schools in rural South Africa on the physics topic geometrical optics. Owing to the lack of resources a teacher-centred approach was followed in the use of computer simulations. The…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Gender Differences, Scores, Pretests Posttests
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Coetzee, Annaretha; Imenda, Sitwala N. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
The incidence and prevalence of alternative conceptions in science have been reported by a number of researchers. This article reports findings of a study involving the development and implementation of two intervention programmes to address alternative conceptions related to interference and diffraction of waves among 133 first year university…
Descriptors: Outcome Based Education, Lecture Method, Physics, Science Instruction
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Kotoka, Jonas; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The impact of computer simulations on the performance of 65 grade 11 learners in electromagnetism in a South African high school in the Mpumalanga province is investigated. Learners did not use the simulations individually, but teachers used them as an interactive demonstration tool. Basic concepts in electromagnetism are difficult to understand…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Simulation, Grade 11, High School Students
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