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Roux, Charl J.; Dasoo, Nazreen – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Since the beginning of the new democratic era of 1994 in South Africa, human rights and values concerns have been placed on the forefront of educational research to respond to the needs of the South Africa's Constitution as well as the intentions of public school curricula. It is believed that qualified physical education teachers can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Values
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Pillay, Dhanashree; Vieira, Bianca L. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: The vocal demand on teachers may predispose them to vocal difficulties. This concern is exacerbated by unfavourable classroom acoustics and a large number of learners in a classroom in developing countries such as South Africa. There is a dearth of classroom acoustic protocols in South Africa, which intensifies the effect of noise on…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Construction Needs, Urban Schools, Classroom Environment
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Steyn, Gina; Adendorff, Stanley A. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Developing the questioning skills of Foundation Phase Education students when teaching mathematical problem-solving is often a neglected area of student curricula. Aim: This gap in mathematics programme is the focus of this study. Three main components were identified: presentation of mathematical problem-solving, the role of the…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Questioning Techniques, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction
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Spaull, Nicholas; Pretorius, Elizabeth; Mohohlwane, Nompumelelo – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Reading development in agglutinating African languages is a relatively underresearched area. While numerous studies highlight the low comprehension levels among learners reading in African languages in South Africa, little has been done to probe beneath this 'comprehension iceberg' in terms of decoding skills. Aim: As a tentative step…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, African Languages, Reading Fluency, Foreign Countries
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Nshimbi, Jacob C.; Serpell, Robert; Westerholm, Jari – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Despite increased enrolments at primary schools in Zambia, more than half of the children in Grades 1-4 are unable to meet the required minimum standards for literacy. Aim: The study set out to examine the effects of using a phone-based mobile literacy game (Graphogame) to improve literacy skills in children and adults in rural family…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Kortjass, Makie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article gives an account of what I learned through the process of a self-study research project. Self-study teacher research allows teacher educators and teachers to improve their learning, plan new pedagogies and impact students' learning. Aim: The aim of this self-study research was to improve my own practice in early childhood…
Descriptors: Reflection, Independent Study, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities
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Knafo, Tilana; Smit, Brigitte; Marais, Petro – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Quality early childhood programmes have proven to be highly cost-effective in reversing the detrimental consequences of poverty on children's development. However, these programmes can only influence developmental outcomes of poor children if their needs are considered. Aim: The purpose of this article was to inquire into the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries, Empowerment
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Adams-Ojugbele, Rasheedah O.; Moletsane, Relebohile – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: As populations of refugee children increase globally, strategies for providing quality and relevant educational experiences for this group of children has become a priority. This is because research suggests that refugee children tend to experience higher school dropout rates due to, among other factors, poverty, lack of shelter and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Refugees, Child Care Centers, Foreign Countries
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Du Plooy, Lucinda L. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article casts the analytical spotlight on the practice of within-class homogeneous (same) ability grouping where learners are placed in small groups for instruction based on their perceived performances, reading levels and interest. Very few studies have focused on within-class ability grouping, especially in a South African…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Cekiso, Madoda; Meyiwa, Thenjiwe; Mashige, Mashudu – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The perception that educating learners using their mother tongue contributes positively to educational and learning outcomes is well documented. Aim: This study explores the purported benefits of employing the mother tongue in teaching Foundation Phase (FP) learners. Specifically, the study focuses on an examination of the experiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Experience, Language of Instruction
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Anderssen, Kate-Lyn; Kritzinger, Alta; Pottas, Lidia – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Studies indicate that difficulties English second language (ESL) learners experience in the classroom may not be attributed to only listening comprehension of the language of learning and teaching (LoLT). ESL learners' performance-related difficulties may increase when linguistic complexity is added to auditory comprehension tasks.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Grade 1
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Björn, Piia M.; Äikäs, Aino; Hakkarainen, Airi; Kyttälä, Minna; Fuchs, Lynn S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The previous body of research literature has reported several separate cognitive processes relevant in solving mathematics wps. Therefore, it is of the essence to seek for effective intervention and instruction for students in need for support in learning. Aim: This article reports the outcome of an intervention targeted at mathematics…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic, Mathematical Concepts
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Rudolph, Norma; Millei, Zsuzsanna; Alasuutari, Maarit – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: In 1994, the African National Congress identified early childhood development as a potential strategy to redress the inequalities of apartheid, however, two and a half decades later, poverty still persists, and South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Aim: This article explores how policy texts based on and with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Development, Public Policy, Data Use
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Govender, Poomoney – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Formative assessment, as an integral component of teaching, has recently gained prominence in educational environments globally. Poor performances in mathematics by learners in early grades, and its negative effect on later learning, have been an ongoing concern in South African schools. Several former studies tend to generalise the…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Children
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Mphahlele, Ramashego S.S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: In the history of early childhood education (ECE), language is viewed as key in teaching and learning. Children in the ECE are mostly confined to verbal communication which, to a certain extent, restricts their imagination and inventive ability. Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, initiated the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Language Role, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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