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Mutambara, Lillias; Bansilal, Sarah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This exploratory study investigated 10 pre-service mathematics students' understanding of vector subspaces at a university in Zimbabwe. The study involved an in-depth document analysis of the students' written responses to five items based on the vector subspace concept. An APOS (Action--Process--Object--Schema) approach was used to identify the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation
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Chirikure, Tamirirofa; Hobden, Paul; Hobden, Sally – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
In this paper we report on the findings of a study on Advanced Level Chemistry students' approaches to investigations from a learning perspective in the Zimbabwean educational context. Students' approaches to investigations are inextricably linked to the quality of learning and performances in these practical activities. An explanatory…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Advanced Courses, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Kanyongo, Gibbs Y.; Ayieko, Rachel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This study investigated the relationship between socio-economic status, school-level variables and mathematics achievement of sixth graders in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The study is based on secondary data collected by the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ III). SACMEQ employed cluster-sampling procedures…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Elementary School Students
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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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Gudyanga, Anna; Adam, Kathija; Kurup, Raj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
The influence of context on identity formation amongst young adolescent females and their subsequent participation in physics as a subject at Advanced Level (A level) is the central focus of this study. A qualitative approach grounded in an interpretivist paradigm was used for the purpose of this study. Verbal descriptions of the scientist they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Identification (Psychology), Early Adolescents, Females
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Chikunda, Charles – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The physical sciences, mathematics and technology subjects in Zimbabwe, like in most other African countries, are still male dominated. This is despite numerous efforts over the years directed towards gender equality in these disciplines. Many studies point at teacher education as not doing enough to assist future teachers in these disciplines…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Implementation, Sex Fairness
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Mpofu, Vongai; Mushayikwa, Emmanuel; Otulaja, Femi S. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article forms part of a major study being conducted in Zimbabwe to explore the possibilities of integrating indigenous knowledge of plant healing (Ikoph) into western-oriented classroom science. The article reports on an aspect of research methodology. This study explored appropriate strategies for gaining access to indigenous knowledge…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge, Research Methodology, Observation
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Mushayikwa, Emmanuel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This paper is part of a larger study that was carried out to investigate the use of information communication technology (ICT) in the self-directed professional development (SDPD) of mathematics and science teachers in Zimbabwe. The educational context provides an example of how teachers compensated for lack of structured government initiatives to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Chikunda, Charles – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
The purpose of the study was to assess the level of gender awareness of science teachers in Zimbabwe's two education districts. A semi-closed questionnaire was administered to a sample of 100 science teachers. The questionnaire assessed teachers' gender awareness based on content, teaching methods, classroom dynamics and their general perception…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Inferences