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Van Heerden, Judy – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study investigated how quality in early learning centres (preschools) in South Africa was experienced and perceived by mothers and teachers. A theoretical framework, based on a model of quality development by Woodhead (1996), informed the study. This framework that consists of input (structural), process and outcome quality indicators is a…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers
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Wadende, Pamela; Oburu, Paul O.; Morara, Abel – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The indigenous communities in Africa, specifically Kenya, which is the focus of this article, had their own well-developed motivational systems that positively enhanced teaching and learning programmes in the community. These motivational systems were manifested in behaviours that were presented as sequential cultural tasks that demanded active…
Descriptors: African Culture, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Culturally Relevant Education
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Godsell, Sarah – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article focuses on how history as a concept is understood by first-year BA Education students. Students were asked to respond to the following questions: 'what is history?', 'what is history to you?' and 'who writes history?' Verbal and written consent was obtained from the students to participate in the study. Their answers demonstrated a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, History, Concept Formation
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Vorster, Adri; Sacks, Ashleigh; Amod, Zaytoon; Seabi, Joseph; Kern, Anwynne – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
One factor that has been identified to enhance the early development of children is the care provided by caregivers outside the home environment. However, little research has been done in this regard in South Africa, where a significant number of children receive care outside their home environment. The current research study subsequently focused…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Children, Caregivers, Semi Structured Interviews
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van Vreden, Mignon – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
In South Africa, possibilities to utilise music to contribute to the holistic development of preschool learners are under continuous investigation. However, music education in the Grade R classroom is limited due to insufficient time in the daily programme and a lack of sufficient musical training amongst generalist educators. The urgent need to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Competencies
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Naidoo, Jaqueline T.; Muthukrishna, Nithi – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article is based on findings drawn from a large-scale study aimed at mapping barriers to education in the context of social disadvantage. The research sites focused on in this paper are: one early childhood facility, four primary schools and the communities of these learning centres. Participants included learners, teachers, caregivers and…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Barriers, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education
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Clasquin-Johnson, Mary G. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article reports on the findings of a study consisting of two phases. Both phases aimed at investigating how professional development, physical resources and instructional support influenced teachers' responses to curriculum change. Despite more than 90% of Grade R teachers being under-qualified, they have had to implement two radically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Excell, Lorayne – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Within the South African context, early childhood development (ECD) is receiving increasing attention at both government and civil society levels. This has resulted in children accessing ECD services in increasing numbers. But although access may open the doors to learning, it does not ensure a quality early learning experience for children. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Development, Educational Quality, Access to Education
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Barnard, Elna; Braund, Martin – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Concerns have been expressed about the quality of teaching and learning in Grade R (reception) classrooms in South Africa. In mathematics, learning outcomes are said to be particularly limited, especially in poorer provinces of the country (Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation [DPME] 2012). The study reported in this article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Cozett, Dawn; Condy, Janet – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to find out how parents can contribute to the early reading development of children in a Grade R class. The research was conducted in a low-income area in the Cape Flats. To gain a deeper understanding of the parents' cultural values and aspirations when interacting with the Home-School Partnership Programme (HSPP)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Role, Early Childhood Education, Low Income Groups
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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
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Makumbila, Mohlanhledi P.; Rowland, Charline B. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This professional development project, known as Literacy Leadership Project, enabled four Foundation Phase teachers in South Africa to implement the Guided Reading approach. Developed by American researchers Fountas and Pinnell (1996), Guided Reading helps elementary students strengthen their phonemic awareness, vocabulary, reading comprehension…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Nieminen, Suvi H.; Sajaniemi, Nina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study is a literature review, drawing mainly on the nine significant and good quality studies (i.e. published in peer-reviewed journals) that make up the evidence base for mindful awareness practices in early childhood. Mindful awareness practices in this context means an individual's awareness of her own body and her inner emotions or…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Metacognition, Attention, Self Control
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Pillay, Jace – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
There is insufficient literature and research that has problematised the use of the phenomenon of child-headed households (CHHs), that is, to find out if it is an acceptable term to use, if it is really a problem, and whether it needs solutions. Hence, the purpose of this study was to problematise the use of the term CHH, taking the theories of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Heads of Households, Barriers
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Ramagosh, Refilwe; Joubert, Ina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Teachers need creative strategies and techniques when teaching idioms in Setswana. However, they do not know what idioms are nor are they aware that through idioms cultural heritage can be preserved and that idioms can be taught as part of imaginative language, especially in Grade 3. As a result, teachers and learners in Grade 3 Setswana classes…
Descriptors: African Languages, Figurative Language, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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