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Tsuei, Mengping; Huang, Hsiu-Wen; Cheng, Shu-Fen – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Reading competence is one of the most critical skills for children's academic success. In the study reported on here we proposed an integrated peer-tutoring strategy for reading comprehension that employs e-books for elementary school students. The effects of this strategy on children's reading comprehension were investigated using a…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Reading Strategies, Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Comprehension
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Fadiji, Angelina Wilson; Reddy, Vijay – South African Journal of Education, 2020
An extensive body of research exists on the background characteristics that predict learner achievement. However, in South Africa, little attention has been paid to the level of educational aspirations and the factors that shape the level of aspirations. Using a bio-ecological systems theory of development, we explored the role of gender,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Aspiration, Family Environment, Gender Differences
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Combrinck, Celeste; Mtsatse, Nangamso – South African Journal of Education, 2019
South Africa participated in the electronic version of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (ePIRLS) in 2016 but faced many challenges during implementation. Accurate databases on information and communication technologies (ICT) capacity of schools were not available for sampling in Gauteng, many schools had old and/or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 4, International Assessment, Achievement Tests
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Wolhuter, C. C. – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The aim of this article is to present a systematic, holistic evaluation of the South African education system, using international benchmarks as the yardstick. A theoretical model for the evaluation of a national education project is constructed. This consists of three dimensions, namely: a quantitative dimension, a qualitative dimension, and an…
Descriptors: International Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Comparative Education
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Zimmerman, Lisa; Smit, Brigitte – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The South African 2006 and 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) findings continue to highlight major concerns about the quality of reading literacy teaching in primary schools. Of specific concern is the lack of representation of the sampled South African learners at the PIRLS international benchmarks, revealing a distinct…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Grade 4, Reading Achievement