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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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Ramnarain, Umesh; van Niekerk, Celeste – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
This paper reports on an analysis of student conceptions in responses to explanation-type questions in a grade 12 (17-18 years) South African national physics examination. We were guided in our analysis of 921 examination scripts by a framework developed by Dagher and Cossman on types of explanations in science which enabled us to understand the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Secondary School Science, Physics
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Qhobela, Makomosela; Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011
The research reported in this paper investigates the impact of, and challenges with, encouraging argumentation on students' conceptual development in physics. It draws its theoretical framework from two socio-cultural perspectives of learning, i.e. that learning science occurs in a social setting and secondly that learning science is a discursive…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Secondary School Science
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Taylor, Dale – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore the motivation of a group of township learners who participated in a science fair known as Expo, by using phenomenography to explore their conceptions and experiences of Expo. The data comprised paragraphs written by the learners before the regional Expo and focus group interviews conducted afterwards. The…
Descriptors: Science Fairs, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Exhibits
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Qhobela, Makomosela; Rollnick, Marissa – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
This paper analyses discourse produced in a larger study aimed at encouraging students in Lesotho to talk the language of science as a meaningful way of learning. The paper presents a semiotic and activity based analysis of discourses of students learning to talk physics while enrolled in a pre-tertiary access programme. Prior to the access…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Vocabulary
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Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
This paper reports on the autonomy Grade 9 learners (13-14 years) are given when doing science investigations. The study adopted a mixed methodology research design which involved the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data were collected by means of questionnaires which were administered to 55 teachers. Qualitative…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Grade 9, Investigations, Mixed Methods Research
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