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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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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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Mpofu, Sihlobosenkosi; Pournara, Craig – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The study investigated learners' mathematical discourse on the hyperbola from a commognitive perspective, and focused on algebraic, graphic, and numeric representations of the hyperbola. Task-based interviews were conducted with five Grade 10 learners from a township school. Learners' mathematical discourse was analysed by means of the Discourse…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Geometric Concepts, Discourse Analysis, Grade 10
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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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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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Mensah, Alfred; Morabe, Olebogeng Nicodimus – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Previous research on students' difficulties in learning chemical equilibrium has shown that students hold misconceptions about this topic, and this often results in unintended learning. However, recent developments in human learning from the behavioural sciences perspective indicate that students' difficulties in learning are much more than…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Chemistry, Problem Solving
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Du Toit, Adri; Gaotlhobogwe, Michael – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Following a transformation of experience-based handicraft education, Technology education was introduced in Botswana and South Africa in 1990 and 1998, respectively, with the intention of developing technologically literate societies, as well as to develop learners' skills for the world of work. Despite these optimistic intentions, limited…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Technology Education
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Price, Charmaine; van Jaarsveld, Pieter – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article reports on using open-response questions to reveal the level of, and change in, conceptual understanding of a small sample of Grade 11 learners of trigonometry in a South African high school. The investigation used learner response sheets in a regular classroom with the teacher as researcher. Combining the idea of concept image and…
Descriptors: Trigonometry, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 11
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Kaheru, Sam J.; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
A study on the effect of the use of computer simulations (CS) on the acquisition of knowledge and cognitive load was undertaken with 104 Grade 11 learners in four schools in rural South Africa on the physics topic geometrical optics. Owing to the lack of resources a teacher-centred approach was followed in the use of computer simulations. The…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Gender Differences, Scores, Pretests Posttests
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Mamombe, Agnes; Kazeni, Monde; de Villiers, Rian – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The literature on science education reveals a worldwide decline in young people's interest in the study of sciences. This lack of interest has resulted in low enrolment rates in science-related courses at tertiary level. Researchers have suggested, among other innovations, the use of context-based teaching approaches as a way of motivating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Genetics, Science Teachers
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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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Mhlolo, Michael Kainose; Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Even though reflective symmetry is heavily embedded in the everyday, learners continue to experience challenges when they mathematize concepts from this informal/everyday context. In this article we argue that symmetry exists in nature, it can also be symbolized algebraically and it can be abstracted into the world of axioms and theorems. We…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Reflection, Concept Formation, Cognitive Style
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Kotoka, Jonas; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The impact of computer simulations on the performance of 65 grade 11 learners in electromagnetism in a South African high school in the Mpumalanga province is investigated. Learners did not use the simulations individually, but teachers used them as an interactive demonstration tool. Basic concepts in electromagnetism are difficult to understand…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Simulation, Grade 11, High School Students
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