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Naidoo, Jayaluxmi; Kapofu, Winfilda – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In this article we explore female learners' perceptions of learning Grade 11 geometry. Many learners have difficulty in learning geometry in mathematics, thus, teachers and researchers are constantly searching for reasons why learners have challenges with learning geometry with the aim of developing suitable pedagogic strategies to alleviate these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Grade 11, Females
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Moolman, Benita; Essop, Roshin; Makoae, Mokhantso; Swartz, Sharlene; Solomon, Jean-Paul – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Globally, peer education and school climate are important topics for educators. Peer education has been shown to improve young people's decision-making and knowledge about healthy and prosocial behaviour, while a positive school climate contributes to positive learning outcomes in general. In this article we explore the role of school climate in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Peer Teaching, Outcomes of Education
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Cassim, Nabeelah; Moen, Melanie – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Grade 1 learners in South Africa are not receiving the quality education they deserve. Early Childhood Education forms the basis of all education; however, numerous challenges in the South African education system impede the teaching and learning of young children. In this article we investigate Grade 1 teachers' responsibilities in the class and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Aides, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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du Plessis, Elize – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Learner-centred teaching education generally involves methods of teaching that move the focus of instruction from the teacher to the learner. The "learner-centred" label is subsequently attached to teaching strategies, learning events, classroom layout and learning programmes. Aspects such as active learning, learner commitment and the…
Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Teaching Experience
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Okeke, Charity C.; van der Westhuizen, Gert – South African Journal of Education, 2020
This article analyses conversation around classroom discipline to establish how teachers learn through professional conversation. The study was a qualitative study that originally adopted an ethno-methodological research design. Purposive sampling was used to select 6 primary school teachers from the East London Education District in the Eastern…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Teacher Collaboration, Verbal Communication
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Nel, Benita P. – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Learners intending to enter some higher education (HE) institutions in South Africa write the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) that are expected to provide a measure of their readiness for HE. A large gap exists between the quantitative literacy competencies of many of these learners and expectations at HE level. In this article I explore the…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Foreign Countries, College Readiness, College Bound Students
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Bhaw, Nishaal; Kriek, Jeanne – South African Journal of Education, 2020
The South African Department of Education has attributed the poor pass rates in Grade 12 Physical Sciences to the learners' lack of practical work and the inability of learners to solve problems by integrating their knowledge from different topics in Physical Sciences. A possible reason for this could be a disjointed alignment between the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Alignment (Education), Science Tests, Physics
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van der Walt, Janke; Plastow, Nicola A.; Unger, Marianne – South African Journal of Education, 2020
A high prevalence of medical conditions affects the typical motor development of learners in the West Coast District of South Africa. Given the strong correlation between motor skill performance and academic achievement, this study aimed to determine the prevalence of motor skill impairment among Grade R learners (5-7-year olds) enrolled in public…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychomotor Skills, Incidence, Public Schools
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Kirori, Maureen; Dickinson, David – South African Journal of Education, 2020
The performance of South Africa's educational system in national and international tests indicates that a large proportion of its public schools are underperforming. Ineffective leadership has been put forward as one reason. This paper analyses a leadership development programme, Partners for Possibility (PfP), which seeks to strengthen leadership…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Leadership Effectiveness
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Stott, Angela; Hattingh, Annemarie – South African Journal of Education, 2020
The convenience sample used in the study reported on here consisted of 91 students enrolled in the primary and middle school Postgraduate Certificate in Education course for 2 consecutive years at a South African university. We used the Student Understanding of Science and Science Inquiry instrument to answer questions about these students'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Scientific Principles, Scientific Literacy
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Marsay, Gloria – South African Journal of Education, 2020
Hope has been identified as a key element to success in planning one's future. An attitude of hope opposes feelings of despair and can sustain one through adversity. The study reported on in this article is based on the premise that everyone needs hope to thrive and that educators can be providers of hope for the future, since they are responsible…
Descriptors: Intervention, Positive Attitudes, Long Range Planning, Teacher Role
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Feldman, Jennifer – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In this article I discuss the potential of professional learning communities (PLCs) within the South African education context using a practice theory lens. PLCs are presented by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) as collaborative learning communities that are fundamentally social and should be established in all schools (DBE, Republic of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement
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Mthethwa, Mthembeni; Bayaga, Anass; Bossé, Michael J.; Williams, Derek – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In the study reported on here, we investigated the effects of the use of dynamic geometry software (DGS) (i.e., GeoGebra) on learners' learning and a teacher's beliefs. The learners and teacher involved in the study were from a high-poverty, rural high school in South Africa. We compared grade 11 learners (N = 56) who used GeoGebra in the context…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education
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Ngobeni, Winnie Poelane; Maimane, Joseph Ramathibela; Rankhumise, Mmushetji Petrus – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In the study reported on here we investigated the effects of sign language barriers among Deaf learners in special schools for the Deaf and Blind in the Motheo District in the Free State province of South Africa. Semi-structured focus group interviews were held with 7 teachers (2 males and 5 females) and 10 Grade 8 learners (6 males and 4 females)…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Deafness, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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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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