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Oguoma, Enid; Jita, Loyiso; Jita, Thuthukile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
A new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) was introduced in South Africa in 2012 to, among others, drive a learner-centred and constructivist approach to practical work in the high school subject Physical Sciences. This study investigates teachers' concerns with the implementation of practical work in Physical Sciences. A survey of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Sciences, Secondary School Science, Teacher Attitudes
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Woolway, Jenny; Msimanga, Audrey; Lelliott, Anthony – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Learners come to class with a wealth of knowledge. Working with learner prior knowledge (LPK) is the foundation upon which new concepts get their meaning. Yet some teachers find interacting with LPK complex. Reflecting on practice, particularly within a professional learning community (PLC), has resulted in improvements in teaching. The focus of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Action Research, Prior Learning, Teacher Improvement
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Kolobe, Lebala; Hobden, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In an ideal instructional context, one would expect the components (teacher, content and instructional strategy) to operate in harmony, in tandem and in a complementary manner. When these components are not in harmony, they are said to be in a state of 'instructional contextual contestation'. The components compete rather than complement each…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Fundamental Concepts, Scientific Concepts
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Malcolm, Stephen Andrew; Mavhunga, Elizabeth; Rollnick, Marissa – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Stoichiometry, which deals with the quantitative aspects of Chemistry, is a topic students find challenging and which teachers struggle to teach. South African students' performance in stoichiometry in the final matriculation examinations has led to calls for the topic to be taught better and highlighted the need for teacher professional…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Stoichiometry, Test Validity, Test Reliability
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Chirikure, Tamirirofa; Govender, Nadaraj; Sibanda, Doras; Kolobe, Lebala; Good, Mary-Anne; Ngema, Sebenzile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Students' approaches to learning have a significant impact on the outcomes of any educational programme. In the light of the documented concerns about the quality of students' engagement with academic work, this study sets out to determine and explain preservice teachers' (PSTs) approaches to learning. This was based on the premise that, while…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Learning Strategies
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Mamba, Dudu; Putsoa, Bongile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper investigates the teaching strategies used by secondary school science teachers in Swazi schools that perform well in national examinations. The performance of learners in science in these examinations is generally low, as indicated by the public examination results published by the Examinations Council of Swaziland. However, a few…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
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Kelani, Raphael R.; Gado, Issaou – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Following the calls of international conferences related to the teaching of science and technology, technology education (TE) was integrated as a component of physical sciences programmes in Benin, West Africa. This study investigates physical science teachers' attitudes towards the integration of TE topics in secondary school science curricula in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Physical Sciences, Teacher Attitudes
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Buma, Anastasia Malong – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper reports on key aspects of a short in-service programme improving science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge to teach for the affective domain. The affective domain refers to outcomes that involve changes in feelings, values, appreciation, interests, motivations or attitudes that might result from a learning experience. The…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Chani, Fungisisai; Ngcoza, Kenneth Mlungisi; Chikunda, Charles; Sewry, Joyce – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Chemical equilibrium is one of the most important yet difficult topics to teach. The purpose of this study was to examine how two science teachers experienced the mediation of and how they mediated learning of this topic, chemical equilibrium, to high-achieving students. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, lesson observations and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Difficulty Level, High Achievement, Teaching Methods
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Sibanda, Doras – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore whether chemistry lesson sequences can indicate the level of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). The sequencing of lessons for teaching chemical bonding is taken as the case for this study. The correct sequencing of concepts in teaching chemical bonding is key to learners' conceptual…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Mumba, Frackson; Banda, Asiana; Chabalengula, Vivien M. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This study in Zambia examined 66 junior high school pre-service science teachers' familiarity with, conceptual understanding of and levels of interest in learning more about electrochemistry concepts. Data were collected using the Familiarity with Electrochemistry Questionnaire, the Conceptual Understanding of Electrochemistry Test and the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Chemistry, Secondary School Science
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Singh-Pillay, Asheena; Alant, Busisiwe P.; Nwokocha, Godson – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The discussion on how to integrate African indigenous knowledge (IK) into mainstream Science and Technology schooling prevails. Nigeria's colonised school curriculum is antithetical to its rich IK heritage. Guided by postcolonial theory, and the need for a culturally relevant and decolonised curriculum, this paper sought to explore seven basic 7-9…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Technology Education
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Koopman, Oscar – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article aims to investigate how science teachers engaged with the macroscopic, sub-microscopic and symbolic levels of representations in their Chemistry teaching. Data were collected in Limpopo province in South Africa from 15 "lead" teachers and this paper reports on five lessons presented by the teachers during professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Chemistry, Faculty Development
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Ghebru, Senait; Ogunniyi, Meshach – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The study is part of a larger project concerned with addressing the problem that Eritrean science teachers face in their attempt to implement a new learner-centred science curriculum. Specifically, the study attempted to determine the effects of the use of an Argumentation-Based Instructional Model (ABIM) on 25 pre-service science teachers'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Knowledge Level, Persuasive Discourse
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Zinyeka, Gracious; Onwu, Gilbert O.M.; Braun, Max – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Integrating indigenous knowledge (IK) into school science teaching is one way of maximising the socio-cultural relevance of science education for enhanced learners' performance. The epistemological differences however between the nature of science (NOS) and nature of indigenous knowledge (NOIK) constitute a major challenge for an inclusive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Epistemology
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