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Kanjee, Anil; Moloi, Qetelo – Perspectives in Education, 2016
This article proposes the use of a standards-based approach to reporting results from large-scale assessment surveys in South Africa. The use of this approach is intended to address the key shortcomings observed in the current reporting framework prescribed in the national curriculum documents. Using the Angoff method and data from the Annual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, Accountability, Standard Setting
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Sibanda, Jabulani; Baxen, Jean – Perspectives in Education, 2014
The present paper derives from a PhD study investigating the nexus between Grade 4 textbook vocabulary demands and Grade 3 isiXhosa-speaking learners' knowledge of that vocabulary to enable them to read to learn in Grade 4. The paper challenges the efficacy of the four current definitions of "word" for generating high frequency words…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Vocabulary, Grade 4, Grade 3
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Galant, Jaamia – Perspectives in Education, 2013
In this article, I present an initial analysis of an empirical study that was undertaken in an attempt to elicit what subject-matter knowledge, pedagogic content knowledge and curriculum knowledge teachers bring to bear on decisions for teaching. The analysis is based on interview data with 46 Grade 3 teachers, who were presented with two…
Descriptors: Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Level
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Weitz, Maria; Venkat, Hamsa – Perspectives in Education, 2013
Annual National Assessment (ANA) performance in Mathematics across the primary grades in South Africa indicates a decrease in mean performance across Grades 1-6. In this paper, we explore the apparently high performance in Grade 1 through a comparative investigation of learner responses on two assessments: the Grade 1 ANA taken in February 2011 by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement
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Bleeker, Cheryl; Stols, Gerrit; Van Putten, Sonja – Perspectives in Education, 2013
This case study describes and investigates the instructional practices of Grades 1 to 5 teachers and the levels of geometry thinking of the learners, according to the Van Hiele model, with a view to determining whether there is a match between the instructional practice and the learners' level of thinking. The instructional practices of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geometry, Case Studies, Elementary School Students
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Stott, Debbie; Graven, Mellony – Perspectives in Education, 2013
In this paper, we describe how we came to use timed fluency activities, along with personal learner reflections on those activities, in our after-school maths club as a complementary research and development tool for assessing the changing levels of learners' mathematical proficiency over time. We use data from one case-study after-school maths…
Descriptors: Timed Tests, Mathematics Tests, Numeracy, Educational Research
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Muthukrishna, Nithi – Perspectives in Education, 2013
Against the background of concerns around teaching and learning outcomes in primary school mathematics in South Africa, this article presents two studies conducted in American Samoa and seeks to draw implications for the teaching and learning of mathematics in South Africa. American Samoa has a very similar educational context to South Africa. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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McAuliffe, Sharon; Lubben, Fred – Perspectives in Education, 2013
This paper examines a pre-service teacher's content knowledge for teaching early algebra from two perspectives, i.e. using "Rowland's Knowledge Quartet" theory and "Ball's framework for Mathematical Knowledge for Testing" (MKfT). The study intends to examine the differences between the influences using each framework and to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction