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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