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Ramnarain, Umesh; Hlatshwayo, Manzini – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Despite growing consensus regarding the value of inquiry-based teaching and learning, the implementation of such a pedagogical practice continues to be a challenge for many South African teachers, especially at rural schools. The research reported in this article concerns the interaction between Grade 10 Physical Sciences teachers' beliefs about…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Ramnarain, Umesh; Padayachee, Keshni – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This study reports on the analysis of South African Life Sciences and Biology textbooks for the inclusion of the nature of science using a conceptual framework developed by Chiappetta, Fillman and Sethna (1991). In particular, we investigated the differences between the representation of the nature of science in Biology textbooks that were written…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Science Instruction, Biology, Textbooks
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Ramnarain, Umesh; Fortus, David – South African Journal of Education, 2013
This paper reports on South African teachers' perceptions of the educational value of new topics in a revised physical sciences high school curriculum, their content knowledge competency of these topics, and their pedagogical content knowledge in teaching them. In view of the historical inequalities of the South African education system, a focus…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Sciences, Teacher Attitudes, Curriculum Development
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Ramnarain, Umesh – South African Journal of Education, 2011
I examine how teachers employ a questioning strategy in supporting Grade 9 learners doing science investigations in South African schools. A particular focus of this study was how teachers use questioning in contributing towards the autonomy of these learners. The research adopted a qualitative approach which involved the collection of data by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Science Education