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Pillay, Jace – South African Journal of Education, 2017
This article examines the relationship between housing, a critical aspect of socio-economic conditions, and literacy achievement of children from a school in a high density suburb in South Africa. Data was collected through a quantitative survey that was administered to learners (N = 160) from four Grade Five classes. The survey included five…
Descriptors: Correlation, Housing, Reading Achievement, Socioeconomic Status
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Mwoma, Teresa; Pillay, Jace – South African Journal of Education, 2015
Much has been written about orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) with regard to their education and living. However, relatively few studies have documented the psychosocial support provided for OVC in public primary schools to enhance their psychosocial well-being. This study therefore contributes to the understanding of the challenges…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, At Risk Students, Elementary School Students, Public Schools
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Pillay, Jace – South African Journal of Education, 2012
The aim of this study was to identify and describe skills, characteristics and support networks needed by keystone Life Orientation (LO) teachers in six Gauteng schools. In this study "keystone" refers to LO teachers who make a positive impact in their schools. A qualitative research design was used to collect data through interviews,…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Classroom Observation Techniques, Questionnaires, Teacher Effectiveness
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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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Pillay, Jace – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
Adopting a social justice theoretical framework, the author proposes that the involvement of children in educational research is paramount. However, such involvement often exposes children to exploitation and a violation of their rights. As such, it is essential that all research involving children should be ethically sound. Hence, the purpose of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Ethics, Children
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Pillay, Jace; Di Terlizzi, Marisa – South African Journal of Education, 2009
Currently there is an international shift towards inclusive education, a means of education according to which the learner is schooled in the least restrictive environment possible, to overcome his or her challenges to learning and development. Bearing this in mind we considered the experiences of a learner with learning difficulties who transited…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Special Schools, Mainstreaming, Inclusion
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Taggart, Nadia; Pillay, Jace – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to comprehensively capture teachers' classroom experiences and establish what educational and psychological support would help them as they were trying to include learners from child-headed homes in their classrooms and schools. The sample of teachers from two different Gauteng districts included members from the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Heads of Households, Teacher Student Relationship, School Districts