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Essien, Anthony A. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to provide a systematic review of research that has been carried out between 2006 and 2016 on the role of language in early grade (Grades 1-4) mathematics teaching and learning in three countries--Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. These countries were selected because they have similar characteristics: teaching and…
Descriptors: Language Role, Language of Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Ramnarain, Umesh; Nampota, Dorothy; Schuster, David – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
This study investigated and compared the pedagogical orientations of physical sciences teachers in Malawi and South Africa towards inquiry or direct methods of science teaching. Pedagogical orientation has been theorized as a component of pedagogical content knowledge. Orientations were characterized along a spectrum of two variants of inquiry and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers, Physical Sciences
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Mdolo, Margaret M.; Mundalamo, Fhatuwani J. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This paper reports on the relationship between the subject matter knowledge of two underqualified teachers and their topic-specific pedagogical content knowledge (TSPCK) as they taught genetics at two community secondary schools in Malawi. The study was qualitative and used the multiple case study approach. The sample was purposefully chosen. Data…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Genetics, Teaching Experience, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Kaphesi, Elias – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This paper reports on the metaphors that 36 third-year university mathematics education students have about mathematics. These metaphors were investigated through a questionnaire with five open-ended items. An inductive analysis of the students' metaphors for mathematics indicated that students had well developed and complex metaphors about…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Figurative Language
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Kazima, Mercy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This paper looks at mathematics and its relevance in schools from the perspective of students' interests. It starts by discussing briefly the importance of paying attention to cultural and social relevance, and then it focuses on students' interests as one of the aspects of relevance. Findings are presented from a survey conducted in Malawi with…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Relevance (Education), Questionnaires, Student Surveys
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Chitera, Nancy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
In this article I present a discussion of mathematics teacher educators' descriptions of their practice, in particular, how they see their role in promoting home languages as the language of learning and teaching in Malawi. I also explore how mathematics teacher educators prepare pre- service teachers to teach mathematics in home languages in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods
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Nampota, Dorothy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011
Integration of environmental issues in education is one approach to achieving sustainable development in Malawi and perhaps other countries. This paper analyses the integration initiatives in formal education including primary, secondary and university levels. The analysis is conducted with a view of identifying the successes and challenges. The…
Descriptors: Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Conventional Instruction