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Graven, Mellony; Venkat, Hamsa – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
In this paper we highlight teacher experiences of the administration of high-stakes testing, in particular, of the 2012 Annual National Assessments (ANAs). The exploration is based on data gathered across two primary numeracy teacher development projects in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng in the form of open-ended questionnaires designed to elicit…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Experience, Testing
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Lelliott, Anthony – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The notion of scientific literacy is contested terrain, particularly when the term is used in school curricula. Using a scientific literacy framework of Vision I (covers science products and processes) and Vision II (based on science-related situations as a starting point for discussion), the article analyses the Natural Science (grades 7-9)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scientific Literacy, Natural Sciences, Secondary School Science
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Mabila, Jabulisiwe; Gelderblom, Helene; Ssemugabi, Samuel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The internet gives individuals access to learning through online technologies. The prolific use of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) in higher education institutions makes Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills or e-skills very important. ICT skill levels have been positively related to students' effectiveness and efficiency in…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Integrated Learning Systems, Distance Education, Online Courses
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Mpofu, Vongai; Mushayikwa, Emmanuel; Otulaja, Femi S. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article forms part of a major study being conducted in Zimbabwe to explore the possibilities of integrating indigenous knowledge of plant healing (Ikoph) into western-oriented classroom science. The article reports on an aspect of research methodology. This study explored appropriate strategies for gaining access to indigenous knowledge…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge, Research Methodology, Observation
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Mbonambi, Martin Sipho; Bansilal, Sarah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore and compare the proficiency of Grade 11 Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy (ML) learners in solving two problems based on the temperature conversion formula. The first was a result-unknown problem that asks for the result of a formula for a given input. The second was a start-unknown problem in which the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 11, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Instruction
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Nhalevilo, Emilia Afonso; Ogunniyi, Meshach – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article presents a reflection on an aspect of research methodology, particularly on the interpretation strategy of data from a Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Project (SIKSP) in a South African university. The data interpretation problem arose while we were analysing the effects of a series of SIKSP-based workshops on the views of a…
Descriptors: Praxis, Educational Research, Data Interpretation, Indigenous Knowledge
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Sepeng, Percy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The study reported in this article sought to explore and observe how grade 9 learners solve real-wor(l)d problems (a) without real context and (b) without real meaning. Learners' abilities to make sense of the decontextualised word problems set in the real world were investigated with regard to learners' use of common sense in relation to problem…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Knowledge Level, Language Usage, Word Problems (Mathematics)
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Brodie, Karin; Sanni, Rasheed – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Much of the work on teacher knowledge suggests that content knowledge shapes pedagogical content knowledge, and in fact is primary in the relationship between the two forms of knowledge. In this paper we challenge this view, arguing from a situated perspective on knowledge and learning, that pedagogical content knowledge strongly shapes content…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Interviews, Geometry, Communities of Practice
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Qhobela, Makomosela; Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Teacher-centred strategies have dominated most physics lessons in Lesotho. This study attempted to understand the contributing factors for the choice of teacher-centred teaching instead of learner-centred teaching with the goal of informing a professional development programme designed to address this problem. The paper responds to the research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Student Centered Learning
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Moyo, Partson Virira; Kizito, Rita – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Identifying an instructional tool for merging scientific and indigenous knowledge (IK) is problematic as there is no clear guidance on how this can be achieved. Argumentation is recommended as a possible integrative instructional theoretical methodology as it imbues notions of dialogue and persuasion, while at the same time embracing the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Teaching Methods, Indigenous Knowledge, Science Instruction
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Gierdien, M. Faaiz – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This paper reports on the initial stages of a small-scale project involving the use of "spreadsheet algebra programs" in the professional development of eight teachers from three township high schools. In terms of the education context, the paper draws on social practice theory. It then details what is meant by spreadsheet algebra. An…
Descriptors: Spreadsheets, Algebra, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction
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Stott, Angela; Case, Jennifer M. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Electronic tutors able to respond appropriately to a user's input have been shown to be effective in improving learning in a number of contexts. This study extends this research into the context of conceptual change during in-service science teacher workshops. Quantitative data were collected from 1,049 South African grade 12 physical sciences…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Inservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Statistical Analysis
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Gaigher, Estelle – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article reports an exploratory multi-case study on how science teachers understand and envisage addressing learners' misconceptions about electric circuits. Four teachers from schools in and around a large South African city participated in the study. An open-ended questionnaire was designed in a novel way, questioning teachers about wrong…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Mhlolo, Michael Kainose; Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Even though reflective symmetry is heavily embedded in the everyday, learners continue to experience challenges when they mathematize concepts from this informal/everyday context. In this article we argue that symmetry exists in nature, it can also be symbolized algebraically and it can be abstracted into the world of axioms and theorems. We…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Reflection, Concept Formation, Cognitive Style
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Dinis da Costa, Daniel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article presents student-teachers' perceptions of spatial 3D-descriptive geometry education in Mozambique. To interpret a 3D object through 2D projections and vice-versa requires spatial abilities that are deemed crucial for learning in any spatially dependent discipline such as 3D-descriptive geometry, engineering and technical-vocational…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mixed Methods Research, Preservice Teachers, Focus Groups
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