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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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Chikiwa, Samukeliso; Westaway, Lise; Graven, Mellony – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The study on which this article is based investigated the Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching (MKfT) that a well experienced Grade 2 teacher utilized when teaching counting. Aim: In this paper we share excerpts from one of the lessons of this Grade 2 teacher, which we analyzed to illuminate the various domains of MKfT and their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Grade 2
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Kimathi, Faith K.; Bertram, Carol A. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Research on teacher professional learning which supports teaching of reading and writing at the foundation phase (FP) is limited in developing countries, including South Africa. Aim: This article examines the ways in which three Foundation Phase teachers changed their practice during 18 months of learning from a formal university…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Teacher Certification, Teacher Motivation
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du Plessis, Jacques – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: Working structurally with patterns at foundation phase (FP) enhances habits of mind that advance early algebra at this early stage of mathematical learning. The South African curriculum proposes that learners work with and understand the logic of a pattern, but this important idea has largely been neglected in classroom texts and in…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers
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Roberts, Nicky; Venkat, Hamsa – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
In this article, Mason's 'discipline of noticing' is used to theorise a reflective process for changing mathematics teaching in a challenging context. The methodological approach was guided by critical reflective processes that produced, firstly, a descriptive 'account-of' an unsuccessful mathematics lesson, followed by layers of analyses drawing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Behavior Problems