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Murphy, P. Karen; Ebersöhn, Liesel; Omidire, Funke; Firetto, Carla M. – South African Journal of Education, 2020
The nature of discourse within classrooms strongly predicts students' ability to think about, around, and with text and content (i.e. comprehension and critical-analytic thinking). However, little is known about the nature of classroom discourse in remote, rural South African schools, a context in which students face well-documented language…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Critical Thinking, Classroom Communication, Rural Areas
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Cherrington, Avivit M. – South African Journal of Education, 2018
It is written that hope is contagious: once ignited it gains momentum, and is self-sustaining. My research project sought to stimulate dialogue and critical thinking with second year education students about what hope and hopeful schools mean to them as future teachers. The aim of this critical transformative study was to explore how the research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Psychological Patterns, Social Change
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Green, Lena; Condy, Janet – South African Journal of Education, 2016
In this paper, we argue that philosophical enquiry, as practised using community of enquiry pedagogy, is an appropriate implementation strategy for Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) if the principles that underlie the curriculum are to be taken seriously. Matthew Lipman's Philosophy for Children Programme and its community of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Citizenship Education
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Temel, Senar – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The aim of this study was two-fold. The first aim was to determine the levels of critical thinking disposition and perception of problem-solving ability of pre-service teachers. The second aim was to compare the effects of problem-based learning and traditional teaching methods on the critical thinking dispositions and perceptions of…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries
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Esau, Omar – South African Journal of Education, 2013
In this paper I analyse the potential that participatory action research holds for educating pre-service teachers to become more critically reflective and socially conscious. I also describe the rationale for and process of engaging pre-service teachers in their teacher education programme. Involving these candidate teachers in participatory…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Action Research, Teacher Education Programs, Critical Thinking
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Grosser, M. M.; Nel, Mirna – South African Journal of Education, 2013
We report on the relationships that exist between the critical thinking skills and the academic language proficiency of a group of first-year prospective teachers at a South African university (n = 89). The results revealed the nature of the critical thinking skills as well as the academic language proficiency of the students. Significant…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Language Proficiency, Preservice Teacher Education
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Petersen, Belinda; McAuliffe, Sharon; Vermeulen, Cornelis – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article looks at writing tasks as a methodology to support learners' mathematical problem-solving strategies in the South African Foundation Phase context. It is a qualitative case study and explores the relation between the use of writing in mathematics and development of learners' problem-solving strategies and conceptual understanding. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving
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Zulu, Constance – South African Journal of Education, 2011
Post-matric students from under-resourced (historically disadvantaged) black high schools generally encounter difficulties in their academic work at university. The study reported here was intended to empower first year (post-matric) students from these schools with basic research skills in a bid to counteract the effects of their high school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Student Empowerment, Research Skills
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Godsell, Sarah – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article focuses on how history as a concept is understood by first-year BA Education students. Students were asked to respond to the following questions: 'what is history?', 'what is history to you?' and 'who writes history?' Verbal and written consent was obtained from the students to participate in the study. Their answers demonstrated a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, History, Concept Formation
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Schoeman, Sonja – South African Journal of Education, 2006
The notion that South African public schools have a distinctively civic mission is recognised in all national education policy documents published since the first democratic election in 1994. The teaching of democratic citizenship education in public schools is a newcomer to South Africa. The purpose in this article is to summarise scholars' views…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizenship Education, Democratic Values, Public Schools
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Waghid, Y. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
The contributions in this special issue have one thing in common: they all highlight the unattentiveness of higher education research to inquiry into and about teaching and learning in South Africa over the past decade. In this article I explore this claim in relation to the first four essays in this volume. Then, in relation to my own…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Ethics
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Strauss, D. F. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
Before a meaningful account can be given of scholarly communication an investigation of the nature of "analytical skills" is required--the aim of this article. It sets out to come to terms with the meaning of analysis by showing that it rests on two mutually cohering features, namely identifying and distinguishing. Since identification implies…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Content Analysis, Skills, Identification
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Lombard, B. J. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
One of the cornerstones peculiar to the outcomes-based approach adopted by the South African education and training sector is the so-called "critical outcomes". Included in one of these outcomes is the ability to think critically. Although this outcome articulates well with the cognitive domain of holistic development, it also gives rise…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Outcome Based Education, Preservice Teachers
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Graaff, J. F. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2007
Sociology invites transformations among first year students which go through at least three distinct levels. At the conceptual level, three basic concepts, debunking, relativizing and system-relating, challenge public opinion modes of thinking. But students in this course go beyond explicit course examples and perform these notions in a more…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Self Concept, Sociology, Empathy
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Olivier, B. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 1997
Disputing Allan Bloom's ("Closing of the American Mind") conviction that the fading of literary culture and growing attachment to rock music signals the decline of American civilization, discussion examines how literature, rock music, film, and critical reflection can be used to engage students intellectually without relinquishing either…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Critical Thinking, Educational Trends, Films