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Vhurumuku, Elaosi; Chikochi, Andrew – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This paper reports the results of a study that compared two approaches to developing in-service teachers' subject matter knowledge and strategies for teaching nature of science. A treatment post-test only quasi-experimental research design was used. One group of in-service teachers (n = 15) was taught using what is called a capsular approach. In…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Teacher Competencies, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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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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Vermeulen, Cornelis; Meyer, Bronwin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article reports on a study that investigated the extent to which 57 Grade 6 students at a particular school have misconceptions regarding equality, with the equal sign as focus. It also investigated this school's three Grade 5 and 6 teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching regarding equality, again focusing on the equal sign. The…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Mathematics Education
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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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Singh-Pillay, Asheena; Alant, Busisiwe P.; Nwokocha, Godson – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The discussion on how to integrate African indigenous knowledge (IK) into mainstream Science and Technology schooling prevails. Nigeria's colonised school curriculum is antithetical to its rich IK heritage. Guided by postcolonial theory, and the need for a culturally relevant and decolonised curriculum, this paper sought to explore seven basic 7-9…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Technology Education
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Du Toit, Adri; Gaotlhobogwe, Michael – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Following a transformation of experience-based handicraft education, Technology education was introduced in Botswana and South Africa in 1990 and 1998, respectively, with the intention of developing technologically literate societies, as well as to develop learners' skills for the world of work. Despite these optimistic intentions, limited…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Technology Education
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Price, Charmaine; van Jaarsveld, Pieter – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article reports on using open-response questions to reveal the level of, and change in, conceptual understanding of a small sample of Grade 11 learners of trigonometry in a South African high school. The investigation used learner response sheets in a regular classroom with the teacher as researcher. Combining the idea of concept image and…
Descriptors: Trigonometry, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 11
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Phage, Itumeleng B.; Lemmer, Miriam; Hitge, Mariette – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Students' graph comprehension may be affected by the background of the students who are the readers or interpreters of the graph, their knowledge of the context in which the graph is set, and the inferential processes required by the graph operation. This research study investigated these aspects of graph comprehension for 152 first year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graphs, Comprehension, Cognitive Processes
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Mkimbili, Selina Thomas; Tiplic, Dijana; Ødegaard, Marianne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Our study aims to explore the practice of Inquiry-based Science Teaching (IBST) in schools with contextual challenges in Tanzania. The study draws on multiple data sources. Eleven teachers purposively selected were interviewed. Also, out of 11 teachers, seven were observed in their practical sessions. Participants were selected from community…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Kanyongo, Gibbs Y.; Ayieko, Rachel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This study investigated the relationship between socio-economic status, school-level variables and mathematics achievement of sixth graders in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The study is based on secondary data collected by the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ III). SACMEQ employed cluster-sampling procedures…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Elementary School Students
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Herzog, Moritz; Ehlert, Antje; Fritz, Annemarie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Although the general development of mathematical abilities in primary school has been the focus of many researchers, the development of place value understanding has rarely been investigated to date. This is possibly due to the lack of conceptual approaches and empirical studies related to this topic. To fill this gap, a theory-driven and…
Descriptors: Models, Number Concepts, Foreign Countries, Grade 2
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Biccard, Piera; Wessels, Dirk – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article looks at the development of mathematisation in a primary school mathematics teacher's classroom. The teacher was a volunteer in a professional development programme that promoted didactisation principles for mathematics teacher development. At the heart of didactisation lies the principle of mathematisation. Mathematisation as a…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers
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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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Alant, Busisiwe P.; Sherwood, Marion P. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Literature suggests that drawing has an important role in the development of learning and thinking skills and the communication of ideas. However, the role and use of drawing by young learners within the process of designing is poorly understood. Working with 22 Grade 3 learners from a well-resourced school in KwaZulu-Natal, this study sought to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Design
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Koopman, Oscar – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article aims to investigate how science teachers engaged with the macroscopic, sub-microscopic and symbolic levels of representations in their Chemistry teaching. Data were collected in Limpopo province in South Africa from 15 "lead" teachers and this paper reports on five lessons presented by the teachers during professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Chemistry, Faculty Development
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