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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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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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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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Mudadigwa, Brighton; Msimanga, Audrey – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Evidence from the literature supports the idea that a hierarchical and coherently organised curriculum fosters meaningful learning. We argue that the learning can only be realised if teaching complements the curricular coherence by allowing learners to make links during the teaching and learning process. The study reported in this paper explores…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Cytology, Science Instruction
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Mundy, Christine; Potgieter, Marietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In this study, action research was used over two years to refine the implementation of process-oriented guided inquiry learning for chemistry students in an academic development programme at a research-intensive South African university. Students' responses to guided inquiry were collected based on a three-pillar framework underpinned by cognitive…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Chemistry, Foreign Countries
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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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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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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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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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Bohloko, 'Matau; Makatjane, Tiisetso J.; George, Mosotho J.; Mokuku, Tšepo – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This study, based on the theory of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge investigated the effectiveness of introducing open source YouTube videos in the teaching and learning of the Chemistry topic 'Group Properties' at a high school in Lesotho. A quasi-experimental design was used for two conveniently selected Form D classes; one class used…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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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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Chirikure, Tamirirofa; Hobden, Paul; Hobden, Sally – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
In this paper we report on the findings of a study on Advanced Level Chemistry students' approaches to investigations from a learning perspective in the Zimbabwean educational context. Students' approaches to investigations are inextricably linked to the quality of learning and performances in these practical activities. An explanatory…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Advanced Courses, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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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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Tsakeni, Maria – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The realisation that education may, in part, have contributed to non-sustainable environmental practices warrants rethinking about what learners experience at school. One approach could involve the promotion of education for sustainable development (ESD). This study analysed the opportunities to integrate ESD presented by the chemistry component…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Sustainable Development, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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