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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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Afonso, Dominique; Mc Auliffe, Sharon – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Patterns pervade our everyday life and are natural and familiar to children. Exciting new research in the field of Early Algebra describes the development of young children's algebraic thinking through the meaningful study of patterns. This paper contributes to this research by reporting on a case study of two primary schools in South Africa and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Algebra, Mathematical Logic, Young Children
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Kalobo, Lukanda – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
This paper explores teachers' perceptions of their learners' proficiency in statistical literacy, reasoning and thinking. Research in Statistics education has prompted a move away from the teaching of statistical skills, towards focusing on the development of statistical literacy, reasoning and thinking. The recent South African Grade 10-12…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Ibrahim, Bashirah; Ding, Lin; Mollohan, Katherine N.; Stammen, Andria – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Scientific reasoning is crucial to any scientific discipline. One sub-skill particularly relevant to the scientific enterprise is theory evidence coordination. This study, underpinned by Kuhn's framework for scientific reasoning, investigates how university students coordinate their self-generated theory and evidence in a physics topic (energy)…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Science Instruction, Physics, Task Analysis
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Ngcoza, Kenneth M.; Sewry, Joyce; Chikunda, Charles; Kahenge, Wendy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Science Expos are intended to develop and empower learners to identify local problems and hence find solutions thereof using scientific processes. Science Expos are perceived as spaces for sharing experiences of science which engender love for science so that learners may ultimately pursue science-related careers. Despite these ideals, there is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Communities of Practice
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Kavai, Portia; de Villiers, Rian; Fraser, William; Sommerville, Jaqui; Strydom, Nina – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
In Life Sciences education internationally, including South Africa, the study of animal and organ morphology has traditionally involved dissections since the early nineteenth century. The major purpose of this study was to investigate how the engagement of learners with animal organ dissections may influence the development of problem-solving…
Descriptors: Animals, Laboratory Procedures, Biological Sciences, Secondary School Science
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Kyriacou, Xenia; de Beer, Josef; Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
With evolutionary biology relatively recently introduced into the South African school curriculum, the need arose to explore practising teachers' knowledge of the subject. A number of anticipated as well as unanticipated cognitive and affective barriers to the understanding of evolutionary biology were identified from a questionnaire with…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Science Teachers, Evolution, Biology
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Dimitriou-Hadjichristou, Chrysoula; Ogbonnaya, Ugorji I. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This paper reports a study on the effect of using the Lakatosian heuristic method to teach the surface area of a cone (SAC) on students' achievement according to Bloom's taxonomy levels. Two groups of students (experimental and control) participated in the study. The experimental group (n = 20) was taught using the Lakatosian heuristic method…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Teaching Methods, Geometry, Geometric Concepts
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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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Linder, Anne; Airey, John; Mayaba, Nokhanyo; Webb, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Recently, the South African Institute of Physics undertook a major review of university physics education. The report highlighted the necessity for further transformation of the teaching of physics, particularly in relation to the teaching of under-prepared students. In this article we examine how physics lecturers in South Africa reported how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines, Literacy, Academic Discourse
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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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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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Chikamori, Kensuke; Ono, Yumiko; Rogan, John – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
Lesson Study is a collaborative, cyclical and continuing professional development process, aiming at improving a lesson through critical reflection. This research is based on three cycles of Lesson Study conducted during a four-week workshop in Japan for 10 South African mathematics and science educators. A sub-group developed and refined a high…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Communities of Practice, Workshops
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Graven, Mellony; Hewana, Diliza; Stott, Debbie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
In this paper, we share our experience of searching for ways in which to access learner dispositions and the evolution of an instrument that we have used as both a written and an interview instrument. We argue for the importance of understanding young learner mathematical learning dispositions in order to inform ways in which to support learning.…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Student Characteristics, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Strategies
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Mhlolo, Michael Kainose – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
Learner acquisition of higher order cognitive skills and processes in mathematics is at the centre of many current curriculum reforms the world over. Although literature suggests that high-level cognitive processes require emphasis on reasoning about and connecting ideas, in South Africa one of the biggest challenges has been to develop tools that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Cognitive Processes, Educational Change
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