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Mgijima, Vukile Desmond; Makalela, Leketi – Perspectives in Education, 2016
Previous research suggests that enhanced cognitive and metacognitive skills are achieved when translanguaging techniques are applied in a multilingual classroom. This paper presents findings on the effects of translanguaging techniques on teaching grade 4 learners how to apply relevant background knowledge when drawing inferences during reading.…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), African Languages, Quasiexperimental Design, Foreign Countries
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Taylor, Nick – Perspectives in Education, 2016
Initial teacher education (ITE) serves as a bridge between prospective teachers exiting the school system to enrol in teacher education faculties, on the one hand and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who are embarking on a career in schooling on the other. The present paper describes the language and thinking skills student teachers bring to their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Thinking Skills, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Effectiveness
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Prinsloo, C. H.; Harvey, J. C. – Perspectives in Education, 2016
It is essential for learners to develop foundational literacy skills, ideally, in the first grade of formal education. These skills are then firmly entrenched and can be expanded in the following grades to form a basis for all future academic studies. Appropriate assessment practices and tools to aid this process can inform the achievement of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Reading, Oral Reading, Reading Tests
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Weir, Carolyn; Aylif, Diana – Perspectives in Education, 2014
This article presents the findings of an empirical comparative study in the Nelson Mandela Metropole investigating the difference between the written English of deaf children and the written English of hearing children and makes recommendations on how to improve the writing of deaf children. The psycholinguistic approach was used for the…
Descriptors: Deafness, English, Written Language, Emergent Literacy
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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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Pretorius, Elizabeth J. – Perspectives in Education, 2014
This paper describes an intervention programme that was originally intended to support transition to English as language of learning and teaching (LoLT) in Grade 4 in a township school, using a pre- and post-test design. Because the pre-tests revealed very poor literacy levels in both Zulu home language and English, the intervention programme was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, Transitional Programs, English (Second Language)
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Wootton, Carol Anne; Roets, H. E. – Perspectives in Education, 2013
This study was undertaken to analyse and evaluate the nature and quality of emotional intelligence in learners with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and to investigate whether their emotional intelligence was enhanced, and whether the symptoms and behaviour of these learners improved, after exposure to a programme on emotional intelligence.…
Descriptors: Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Attention Deficit Disorders, Emotional Intelligence, Elementary School Students
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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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Runesson, Ulla – Perspectives in Education, 2013
During the last decade, "Lesson Study", a Japanese professional development model involving a community of learners, has been spreading to countries around the world. "Lesson Study" is a systematic process of inquiry into classroom practices where teachers collaborate in planning, implementing, observing and revising lessons.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Inquiry, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries