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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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Long, Caroline; Wendt, Heike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The chain of progression from teacher education to qualification to classroom instruction and student engagement, and then to learning and achievement, is not as straightforward as often presented. Societal, political and economic pressures create either a positive climate or a stressful one for both teachers and students. Nevertheless it is safe…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Achievement Tests
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Van Wyk, Grizelda; De Beer, Josef – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This paper examines student teachers' perceptions of their professional development while engaging in work-integrated learning at a teaching school in South Africa. Teacher educators often assume that practical aspects of pre-service education will be dealt with when student teachers are attached to schools for several weeks. However, the…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Biological Sciences, Student Teacher Attitudes, Communities of Practice
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Kotoka, Jonas Kwadzo; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Various reasons for underperformance in physical sciences have been found, such as a lack of teachers' content knowledge and a lack of resources. This study looks into the extent of alignment between the various levels of the curriculum on circuit electricity (intended, implemented and attained levels). The research took place in Mpumalanga…
Descriptors: Electronics, Underachievement, Science Education, Grade 11
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Machaba, France; Du Plooy, Maryna – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This article presents balanced views of Mathematical Literacy (ML) and Mathematics (M), from both an analytical perspective and the subjective perspectives of teachers and learners. From the analytical perspective, policy documents and the literature spanning the period from the inception of ML to date are reviewed. Glimpses into the subjective…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Gardee, Aarifah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In recent years, the notion of equity has become increasingly prominent in mathematics education, in relation to pedagogy and the opportunities provided for learners to identify themselves as successful mathematics learners. Different pedagogies have been shown to promote equity and access to mathematics in different ways. However, teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Equal Education
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Gweshe, Lovejoy Comfort; Brodie, Karin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
We investigate Grade 10 learners' mathematical identities, with a focus on influences on the learners' identities. A mathematical identity questionnaire was given to learners and their test scores accessed. Four learners were purposively selected for interviews on the basis of interesting relationships between their questionnaire responses and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 10, Self Efficacy, Self Concept
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Stott, Angela Elisabeth – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Physical sciences teachers in low-quintile South African schools avoid the use of inquiry on the grounds of inefficiency and ineffectiveness for test preparation. This avoidance is consistent with the view that the high cognitive load inquiry offers to extreme novices such as these learners may be prohibitive. Given the purported benefits of…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Program Effectiveness, Active Learning, Inquiry
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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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Kola, Malose; Rauscher, Willem; Haupt, Grietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The South African Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Technology stipulates that Technology should provide learners with the opportunity to solve authentic problems that are embedded in real-life experiences. Solving these authentic technological problems requires learners to use critical thinking skills and teachers are expected to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Technology Education, Secondary School Students
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Tap, William D.; Mtetwa, David K.; Vere, Joseph C. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This paper reports on some aspects of an investigation on the impact of an instructional approach aimed at generating and maintaining students' interest in mathematics for secondary school students in displaced and re-settled communities in South Sudan. Two groups of Grade 11 students, an experimental group (E-group) and a control group (C-group),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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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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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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Simayi, Ayanda; Lombard, Elsa H. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The context of the township school provides several hurdles for learners engaging in school science, including low achievement and self-confidence. The use of multiple representations has been advocated for the development of conceptual understanding in physics. The study reported in this paper explores the relationship between learner academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Low Achievement, Self Esteem
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