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Ndlovu, Williams; Pournara, Craig; Mwakapenda, Willy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In this article, we report on findings from a study that explored perspectives of Grade 10-12 learners from two rural secondary schools in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa on the nature of mathematics prior to and at the end of a year-long mathematics mentorship programme. We use Ernest's (1994) orientations about the nature of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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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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Simayi, Ayanda; Lombard, Elsa H. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The context of the township school provides several hurdles for learners engaging in school science, including low achievement and self-confidence. The use of multiple representations has been advocated for the development of conceptual understanding in physics. The study reported in this paper explores the relationship between learner academic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Low Achievement, Self Esteem
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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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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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Gweshe, Lovejoy Comfort; Brodie, Karin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
We investigate Grade 10 learners' mathematical identities, with a focus on influences on the learners' identities. A mathematical identity questionnaire was given to learners and their test scores accessed. Four learners were purposively selected for interviews on the basis of interesting relationships between their questionnaire responses and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 10, Self Efficacy, Self Concept
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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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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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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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Tap, William D.; Mtetwa, David K.; Vere, Joseph C. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This paper reports on some aspects of an investigation on the impact of an instructional approach aimed at generating and maintaining students' interest in mathematics for secondary school students in displaced and re-settled communities in South Sudan. Two groups of Grade 11 students, an experimental group (E-group) and a control group (C-group),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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du Toit, Adri; Gaotlhobogwe, Mike – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Technology is a school subject that forms part of the compulsory curriculum for high school learners in South Africa, and is a core theme in the subject Design and Technology in Botswana high schools. Knowledge and production skills acquired in the subject are applied to solve real-life problems consistent with the steps of the design process. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Entrepreneurship, Design
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Tsakeni, Maria – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The realisation that education may, in part, have contributed to non-sustainable environmental practices warrants rethinking about what learners experience at school. One approach could involve the promotion of education for sustainable development (ESD). This study analysed the opportunities to integrate ESD presented by the chemistry component…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Sustainable Development, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction
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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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Kunnath, Bobby; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The study aimed to determine the most effective of three pedagogies to improve Grade 12 learners' understanding of the photoelectric effect when the teaching was done using chalk and talk, guided learning with computer simulations (CS) as a demonstration tool and semi-autonomous learning where the learners used the CS individually with limited…
Descriptors: Grade 12, Secondary School Science, Computer Simulation, Science Instruction
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Shaakumeni, Simson N.; Csapó, Beno – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The aim of the present study was to examine the psychometric properties of a questionnaire adapted from Students' Motivation Towards Science Learning questionnaire developed by Tuan and colleagues, to assess motivation to learn science among Namibian Grade 12 students (N = 755). The overall reliability of the scores on the 19-item questionnaire…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Science Education, Factor Analysis, Psychometrics
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