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Smit, Nadia Adéle; van der Linde, Jeannie; Eccles, Renata; Swanepoel, De Wet; Graham, Marien Alet – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Early childhood development (ECD) practitioners from low-resource communities may find it challenging to provide developmentally appropriate services to support child development, due to the increased risk of developmental delays. Practitioners rely on their ECD knowledge when delivering ECD services, but many practitioners in South Africa are…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Early Childhood Teachers, Needs, Low Income
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de Waal, Elna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are foundational and therefore play an important role in the overall development, sport-specific skills, and academic achievement of children. The aim of the study was to determine if a correlation exists between FMS and the academic performance of 5- to 6-year-old preschoolers. An empirical study including one…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Preschool Children, Correlation, Screening Tests
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Reddy, M. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
The school setting, identified as a creative and cost effective way for improving oral health, provides an ideal opportunity for preventing oral diseases in the influential stages of a child's life when lifelong beliefs, attitudes and skills are developed. Although oral health has been included in the Integrated School Health Policy, there is a…
Descriptors: Dental Health, Health Promotion, Prevention, Diseases
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Feza, Nosisi N. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
Mathematics learning and teaching continues to be a challenge in the South African education system. This challenge is observed in the poor performance of students in national and international assessments. Research suggests that teachers' content knowledge and knowledge of teaching mathematics contribute significantly to students' performance. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Cooper, Peter J.; Vally, Zahir; Cooper, Hallam; Radford, Theo; Sharples, Arthur; Tomlinson, Mark; Murray, Lynne – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2014
The low rates of child literacy in South Africa are cause for considerable concern. Research from the developed world shows that parental sharing of picture books with infants and young children is beneficial for child language and cognitive development, as well as literacy skills. We conducted a pilot study to examine whether such benefits might…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Poverty, Parent Education, Reading Aloud to Others