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Dempster, Edith R.; Reddy, Vijay – Science Education, 2007
This study investigated the relationship between readability of 73 text-only multiple-choice questions from Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003 and performance of two groups of South African learners: those with limited English-language proficiency (learners attending African schools) and those with better…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged Youth, Sentences
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Laugksch, Rudiger C. – Science Education, 2005
This analysis of research conducted by graduate students at South African universities over the last 70 years is an attempt to identify the foci of South African science education research. Appropriate graduate degrees were systematically identified by interrogating electronic databases and verifying details. Title and abstract were then used to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Science Education, Graduate Study
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Thijs, Gerard D.; Dekkers, Peter J. J. M. – Science Education, 1998
Describes a study in which teaching and learning activities are designed using a cognitive conflict strategy. Focuses on the effectiveness of these activities in classroom research in pre-university courses in Botswana and South Africa. Contains 39 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Force
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MacDonald, M. Allyson; Rogan, John M. – Science Education, 1990
Described are some of the factors that have influenced the introduction of instructional change into Black South African classrooms. The Science Education Project of the 1980s, teacher uncertainty, pupil expectations, the epistemology of science education, resources, and the image of innovation are discussed. (CW)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology
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Linder, C. J.; Hudson, H. T. – Science Education, 1989
States that the relationship between mathematics and physics in the first year college level might be similar for populations from different national and cultural backgrounds. Reports student responses in two schools on topics covered by a mathematics test. The similarities and differences between the two groups are discussed. (YP)
Descriptors: College Science, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Background
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MacDonald, M. Allyson; Rogan, John M. – Science Education, 1988
Analyzed and compared the teaching behavior of teachers who had been trained to use Science Education Project (SEP) materials with the teaching behavior of teachers using traditional approaches. Reviewed some relevant research on observations of science teaching and presented the results of the comparative study. (CW)
Descriptors: College Science, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Hewson, Mariana G. A'B. – Science Education, 1986
Investigated (1) conceptions 40 African students used in solving floating/sinking problems; (2) nature of these conceptions; (3) kinds of arguments of epistemological commitment they displayed in their responses; and (4) if their conceptions differed from scientific conceptions. (JN)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Density (Matter), High Schools