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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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du Plessis, Alretha Margaretha; de Milander, Monique; Coetzee, Frederick Francois; Nel, Mariette – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) affects motor skills and consequently has an impact on the performance in daily living activities of learners with this impairment. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of possible DCD in Grade 1 (Gr. 1) learners in a low socio-economic environment in Mangaung, South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developmental Disabilities, Child Development, Psychomotor Skills
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Govender, Radhamoney; Hugo, Anna J. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: South African primary school learners have participated in several national and international literacy (reading and writing) studies that measure learners' achievement in different grades and at different intervals. Numerous scholars have analysed the results of these assessments. We extended their analyses by investigating the grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary Schools, Literacy Education
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Motilal, Geeta B.; Fleisch, Brahm – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: South African-structured reading programmes have been implemented in schools in South Africa. The Early Grade Reading Study (EGRS) is an education triple cocktail programme, which attempts to improve home language reading in a number of schools. Aim: The objective of this research was to find out how the educators involved in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teaching Skills
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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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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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Coetzee, Dané; Pienaar, Anita E.; van Wyk, Yolanda – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Visual motor integration plays an important role in academic skills of learners in the early school years and can have an impact on their overall academic performance. Aim: This study aimed to determine the influence of socio-economic status (SES) on changes in visual-motor integration, visual perception and motor coordination over a…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Psychomotor Skills, Socioeconomic Status, Grade 1
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Zuma, Mlungisi; Boodhoo, Adiilah; Louw-Potgieter, Joha – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Most funders require non-governmental organisations to evaluate the effectiveness of their programmes. However, in our experience, funders seldom fund evaluation endeavours and organisational staff often lack evaluation skills. Aim: In this outcome evaluation of Living through Learning's (LTL) class-based English-medium Coronation…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, English (Second Language)
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Schaefer, Maxine; Kotzé, Janeli – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Many South African children attend African language medium of instruction (MOI) schools, learn English as an additional language and switch to English MOI three years later. There is still much to be researched about how a child's first and second language literacy develops over time in South Africa. Aim: This study aims to outline the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, Elementary School Students
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Visser, Margaretha M.; Juan, Andrea L.; Hannan, Sylvia M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The acquired skill set prior to school entry has emerged as an important issue in research and policy internationally. Much evidence exists advocating the importance of early numeracy and literacy skills in later academic achievement and economic outcomes of students. Aim: The goal of this study was to determine the association between…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation
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Bezuidenhout, Hanrie S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: This article presents the Afrikaans translation of an originally German diagnostic test for early number concept development. The process of 'importing' a test to South Africa by considering linguistic-, functional-, cultural and metric equivalence is outlined. A theoretical model describes five levels of young children's hierarchical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Diagnosis, Diagnostic Tests, Mathematics Tests
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Chansa-Kabali, Tamara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Inequalities on child cognitive outcomes exist as children enter the first grade. These differences are even wider for children in low-income families. This article aims to examine the extent to which home factors account for variation in early literacy outcomes in the first year of schooling. A total of 72 first graders and their parents from…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Low Income, Outcomes of Education
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Aunio, Pirjo; Mononen, Riika; Ragpot, Lara; Törmänen, Minna – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Early numeracy skills are highly relevant for children's mathematics learning at school, especially in the initial years when much mathematics learning relies on early numeracy competence. The aim of this study was to investigate the level of early numeracy skills in a sample of South African children in the first months of formal schooling. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills, Elementary School Students
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Mononen, Riikka; Aunio, Pirjo – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Background: It is important to provide early educational support for children having weak mathematical skills, in order to prevent possible later mathematical learning difficulties. Currently, there is a lack of research-based mathematical intervention programmes for teachers to use. Aim: This study investigated the impact of counting skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Computation, Low Achievement
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Wildschut, Zelda; Moodley, Trevor; Aronstam, Shelley – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Research has revealed that the academic performances of learners in South Africa are below the required level. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) launched the literacy and numeracy strategy 2006-2016 in response to the low literacy and numeracy levels. In addition, the WCED introduced the Grade 1 baseline assessment in 2006, as part of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Student Evaluation, Barriers
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