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Mavhunga, Elizabeth; van der Merwe, Denise – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2020
The divide between theory and practice is an enduring challenge commonly attributed to disconnection in teacher knowledge between 'knowing what to do' (planning) and 'doing what you know' (enacting in class). We re-visited this divide from the new perspective of pedagogical content knowledge with the purpose of examining the ways in which…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Theory Practice Relationship, Teaching Methods, Intervention
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Qhobela, Makomosela; Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2020
This study explores the nature of classroom talk as a way of teaching physics implemented by newly trained teachers. Their training introduced them, among others, to sociocultural theory and the promotion of classroom talk as a deliberate teaching strategy. This study is framed by Mortimer and Scott's framework for productive classroom talk. Data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Physics, Beginning Teachers
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Buma, Anastasia; Nyamupangedengu, Eunice – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2020
Recent reforms in science education highlight the need for student-centred approaches to teaching in school curriculum policy in South Africa. Science teachers are required to move away from traditional teacher-centred practices which regard students as mere passive recipients of knowledge. In this study, we examine classroom talk for the type of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Genetics, Scientific Concepts
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Juggernath, Avashkumar; Govender, Nadaraj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2020
Ample research exists on barriers to the use of computers as a form of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in teaching. The most common barrier reported to prevent teachers from using computers in teaching is the lack of resources. However when resources are available, ICTs are still often not effectively integrated into teaching.…
Descriptors: Natural Sciences, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Nxumalo-Dlamini, Nkhululeko Lungile; Gaigher, Estelle – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This study aimed to understand teachers' classroom practices using computer-based simulations (CBS) when teaching electrolysis. The study was framed by the Consensus Model of Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Convenience and purposive sampling were used to select three experienced chemistry teachers from three schools in Eswatini (Swaziland).…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Simulation, Science Teachers, Chemistry
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Kolobe, Lebala; Hobden, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In an ideal instructional context, one would expect the components (teacher, content and instructional strategy) to operate in harmony, in tandem and in a complementary manner. When these components are not in harmony, they are said to be in a state of 'instructional contextual contestation'. The components compete rather than complement each…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Fundamental Concepts, Scientific Concepts
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Malcolm, Stephen Andrew; Mavhunga, Elizabeth; Rollnick, Marissa – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Stoichiometry, which deals with the quantitative aspects of Chemistry, is a topic students find challenging and which teachers struggle to teach. South African students' performance in stoichiometry in the final matriculation examinations has led to calls for the topic to be taught better and highlighted the need for teacher professional…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Stoichiometry, Test Validity, Test Reliability
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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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Oguoma, Enid; Jita, Loyiso; Jita, Thuthukile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
A new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) was introduced in South Africa in 2012 to, among others, drive a learner-centred and constructivist approach to practical work in the high school subject Physical Sciences. This study investigates teachers' concerns with the implementation of practical work in Physical Sciences. A survey of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Sciences, Secondary School Science, Teacher Attitudes
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Woolway, Jenny; Msimanga, Audrey; Lelliott, Anthony – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Learners come to class with a wealth of knowledge. Working with learner prior knowledge (LPK) is the foundation upon which new concepts get their meaning. Yet some teachers find interacting with LPK complex. Reflecting on practice, particularly within a professional learning community (PLC), has resulted in improvements in teaching. The focus of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Action Research, Prior Learning, Teacher Improvement
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Mamba, Dudu; Putsoa, Bongile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper investigates the teaching strategies used by secondary school science teachers in Swazi schools that perform well in national examinations. The performance of learners in science in these examinations is generally low, as indicated by the public examination results published by the Examinations Council of Swaziland. However, a few…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
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Kelani, Raphael R.; Gado, Issaou – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Following the calls of international conferences related to the teaching of science and technology, technology education (TE) was integrated as a component of physical sciences programmes in Benin, West Africa. This study investigates physical science teachers' attitudes towards the integration of TE topics in secondary school science curricula in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Physical Sciences, Teacher Attitudes
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Buma, Anastasia Malong – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper reports on key aspects of a short in-service programme improving science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge to teach for the affective domain. The affective domain refers to outcomes that involve changes in feelings, values, appreciation, interests, motivations or attitudes that might result from a learning experience. The…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Chani, Fungisisai; Ngcoza, Kenneth Mlungisi; Chikunda, Charles; Sewry, Joyce – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Chemical equilibrium is one of the most important yet difficult topics to teach. The purpose of this study was to examine how two science teachers experienced the mediation of and how they mediated learning of this topic, chemical equilibrium, to high-achieving students. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, lesson observations and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Difficulty Level, High Achievement, Teaching Methods
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Sibanda, Doras – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore whether chemistry lesson sequences can indicate the level of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). The sequencing of lessons for teaching chemical bonding is taken as the case for this study. The correct sequencing of concepts in teaching chemical bonding is key to learners' conceptual…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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