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Gardee, Aarifah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In recent years, the notion of equity has become increasingly prominent in mathematics education, in relation to pedagogy and the opportunities provided for learners to identify themselves as successful mathematics learners. Different pedagogies have been shown to promote equity and access to mathematics in different ways. However, teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Equal Education
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Stott, Angela Elisabeth – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Physical sciences teachers in low-quintile South African schools avoid the use of inquiry on the grounds of inefficiency and ineffectiveness for test preparation. This avoidance is consistent with the view that the high cognitive load inquiry offers to extreme novices such as these learners may be prohibitive. Given the purported benefits of…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Program Effectiveness, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Kola, Malose; Rauscher, Willem; Haupt, Grietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The South African Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Technology stipulates that Technology should provide learners with the opportunity to solve authentic problems that are embedded in real-life experiences. Solving these authentic technological problems requires learners to use critical thinking skills and teachers are expected to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Technology Education, Secondary School Students
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Chirinda, Brantina; Barmby, Patrick – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The South African curriculum emphasizes the teaching of problem solving in mathematics. However, little is known about South African teachers' views on the teaching of mathematical problem solving (MPS). The purpose of this study was to establish Grade 9 South African teachers' views, teaching strategies and the support required in their teaching…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Long, Caroline; Wendt, Heike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
South Africa participated in TIMSS from 1995 to 2015. Over these two decades, some positive changes have been reported on the aggregated mathematics performance patterns of South African learners. This paper focuses on the achievement patterns of South Africa's high-performing Grade 9 learners (n = 3378) in comparison with similar subsamples of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Multiplication, Comparative Education
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Mavuru, Lydia; Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article explores teachers' knowledge and views on the role of learners' socio-cultural background when teaching Natural Sciences to Grade 9 learners at three South African township schools. Within a socio-cultural framework, the research investigated how teachers accommodate learners' cultural norms and values, religion and beliefs,…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Knowledge Level, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
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Jagals, Divan; van der Walt, Marthie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Metacognition encompasses knowledge and regulation that, through reflection, sustain problem solving behaviour. How metacognitive awareness is constructed from reflection on metacognitive knowledge and regulation and how these reflections enable metacognitive skills for Mathematics problem solving remain unclear. Three secondary schools…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Case Studies, Reflection, Problem Solving
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Schulze, Salomé; Lemmer, Eleanor – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Worldwide science education is a national priority due to the role played by science performance in economic growth and the supply and quality of the human capital pool in scientific fields. One factor that may impact on the motivation to learn science is family experiences. This study therefore explored the relationship between family experiences…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Motivation, Science Instruction, Grade 9
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Granklint Enochson, Pernilla; Redfors, Andreas; Dempster, Edith R.; Tibell, Lena A. E. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
In this paper we focus on how South African students' ideas about the human body are constituted in their descriptions of three different scenarios involving the pathway of a sandwich, a painkiller and a glass of water through the body. In particular, we have studied the way in which the students transferred ideas between the sandwich and the…
Descriptors: Human Body, Secondary School Students, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Sepeng, Percy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The study reported in this article sought to explore and observe how grade 9 learners solve real-wor(l)d problems (a) without real context and (b) without real meaning. Learners' abilities to make sense of the decontextualised word problems set in the real world were investigated with regard to learners' use of common sense in relation to problem…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Knowledge Level, Language Usage, Word Problems (Mathematics)
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Gaigher, Estelle – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article reports an exploratory multi-case study on how science teachers understand and envisage addressing learners' misconceptions about electric circuits. Four teachers from schools in and around a large South African city participated in the study. An open-ended questionnaire was designed in a novel way, questioning teachers about wrong…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
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Makgato, Moses; Ramaligela, Sylvia Manto – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
Learning support materials, including commercially prepared textbooks, play a central role in the implementation of a new curriculum. In South Africa, classroom resource materials such as textbooks are reported to have had a considerable influence on Teachers' pedagogical practices. The aim of the article is to explore the criteria that Grade 9…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Textbook Selection, Foreign Countries, Textbook Content
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Mogari, David – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
The study examined the difference in performance of boys and girls in solving problems on the properties of a rectangle. The conceptual framework of the study was based on the idea that teaching the learners content in a familiar context tends to facilitate geometry learning. The data were collected using semi-structured interviews with the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Geometric Concepts
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Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
This paper reports on the autonomy Grade 9 learners (13-14 years) are given when doing science investigations. The study adopted a mixed methodology research design which involved the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data were collected by means of questionnaires which were administered to 55 teachers. Qualitative…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Grade 9, Investigations, Mixed Methods Research