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Brink, Sonja – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Early childhood curriculum development is challenged by the vast contextual variability of sites in South Africa. In this article, the author reports on the implementation of an early childhood development programme at an informal rural settlement community by an external societal agent. The article looks at the complex dynamics at play within…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation
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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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Hoadley, Ursula; Galant, Jaamia – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Since 2011, the Department of Basic Education (DBE), has provided all Grade 1 to 6 learners in public schools with literacy/language, numeracy/mathematics and life skills workbooks. This study provides an assessment of the purpose to which the workbooks are best suited by analysing the Grade 3 Mathematics and Home Language English workbooks for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Spaull, Nicholas – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The aim of this article is to exploit an unusual occurrence whereby a large group of South African grade 3 students were tested twice, 1 month apart, on the same test in different languages. Using a simplified difference-in-difference methodology, it becomes possible to identify the causal impact of writing a test in English when English is not a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Literacy, Numeracy
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Maphanga, Nonhlanhla; Morojele, Pholoho J. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study explores Grade 4 school children's experiences of cross-sex relationships in a co-educational farm school in uMgungundlovu district in South Africa. The aim is to understand if and how constructions of gender bear on young children's social relations at the school. Informed by children's geographies and new sociology of childhood…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Learner Engagement, Foreign Countries, Gender Differences
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Kalinde, Bibian; Vermeulen, Dorette – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The influence that the use of a familiar language has on learning has long been explored with suggestions that a child's mother tongue is the most suited initial language of instruction in school. In Zambia, however, this is not the case as the majority of people think that young children should learn to speak in English as soon as possible…
Descriptors: Native Language, Music Education, African Languages, Singing
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Fitzpatrick, Caroline; Oghia, Michael J.; Melki, Jad; Pagani, Linda S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
We review the state of evidence supporting a link between violent media exposure in preschoolaged children and subsequent well-being outcomes. We searched through four decades (1971-2011) of literature for enlightening details on the relationship between early exposure to media violence and health outcomes in later childhood and adolescence.…
Descriptors: Violence, Mass Media Effects, Preschool Children, Aggression
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van Staden, Surette; Bosker, Roel; Bergbauer, Annika – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study utilised regression methods to explain Grade 4 reading literacy achievement taking into account discrepancies between the language of the test and home language for learners who participated in the South African preProgress in International Reading Literacy Study (prePIRLS) 2011. Grade 4 learners were tested across all 11 official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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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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Kuschke, Silva; Vinck, Bart; Geertsema, Salomé – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study aimed to determine whether the use of prosodically varied speech within a traditional language therapy framework had any effect on the listening skills, pragmatic skills and social interaction behaviour of three children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A single participant multiple baseline design across behaviours was implemented.…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Foreign Countries, Suprasegmentals
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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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Martin, Colwyn D.; Ebrahim, Hasina B. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article examines two teachers' discourses of literacy as social practice in advantaged and disadvantaged early childhood centres for three- to four-year-olds. The intention is to make sense of the dominant discourse of literacy, its constitutive nature and its effects on children, teaching and learning. Foucault's theory of discourse is used…
Descriptors: Literacy, Disadvantaged Environment, Child Care Centers, Preschool Children
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Vong, Keang-ieng P.; Li, Min Y. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The "Miao" ethnic group is among the 56 minority groups in China. Their ideas of education for young children differ from that of the mainstream education system in China. This study examines the scenario of early childhood education for "Miao" children living in villages of Guizhou Province. It discusses the history and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Kindergarten, Minority Group Students
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Bose, Kabita; Seetso, Grace – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article presents a study regarding preschool teachers' skills and competencies in teaching science and mathematics. The aim of the project was twofold; one to find out the preschool teachers' knowledge about mathematics and science concepts and then to develop support material to empower them with skills and competencies to teach these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Science Instruction
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Shaik, Naseema – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The focus of this paper is to examine teachers' beliefs about child participation in Grade R. Five Grade R teachers working with children between the ages of five and six participated in this study. Participants were interviewed about their epistemological beliefs on teaching and learning in Grade R and specifically the role of child participation…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
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