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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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Bohloko, 'Matau; Makatjane, Tiisetso J.; George, Mosotho J.; Mokuku, Tšepo – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This study, based on the theory of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge investigated the effectiveness of introducing open source YouTube videos in the teaching and learning of the Chemistry topic 'Group Properties' at a high school in Lesotho. A quasi-experimental design was used for two conveniently selected Form D classes; one class used…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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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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Kelani, Raphael R.; Gado, Issaou – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Following the calls of international conferences related to the teaching of science and technology, technology education (TE) was integrated as a component of physical sciences programmes in Benin, West Africa. This study investigates physical science teachers' attitudes towards the integration of TE topics in secondary school science curricula in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Physical Sciences, Teacher Attitudes
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Buma, Anastasia Malong – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper reports on key aspects of a short in-service programme improving science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge to teach for the affective domain. The affective domain refers to outcomes that involve changes in feelings, values, appreciation, interests, motivations or attitudes that might result from a learning experience. The…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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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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Nyamupangedengu, Eunice; Lelliott, Anthony – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
There is limited evidence of guidelines for planning for teaching at the higher education level either in the research literature or in higher education institutions themselves. As a result, novice lecturers struggle to plan for their teaching. The purpose of this study was to explore how planning can be done at a higher education institution by…
Descriptors: Genetics, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Experience, Biology
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Sibanda, Doras – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to explore whether chemistry lesson sequences can indicate the level of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). The sequencing of lessons for teaching chemical bonding is taken as the case for this study. The correct sequencing of concepts in teaching chemical bonding is key to learners' conceptual…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Ramatlapana, Kim; Berger, Margot – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
In this paper we probe prospective mathematics teachers' thinking as displayed in their solutions to a geometry content knowledge-based task. Geometry content knowledge is examined in terms of connections made by these prospective teachers between the geometric configurations and the geometric principles established through visualization and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Geometric Concepts, Geometry
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Vhurumuku, Elaosi; Chikochi, Andrew – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This paper reports the results of a study that compared two approaches to developing in-service teachers' subject matter knowledge and strategies for teaching nature of science. A treatment post-test only quasi-experimental research design was used. One group of in-service teachers (n = 15) was taught using what is called a capsular approach. In…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Teacher Competencies, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Vermeulen, Cornelis; Meyer, Bronwin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article reports on a study that investigated the extent to which 57 Grade 6 students at a particular school have misconceptions regarding equality, with the equal sign as focus. It also investigated this school's three Grade 5 and 6 teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching regarding equality, again focusing on the equal sign. The…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Grade 6, Mathematics Education
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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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Govender, Nadaraj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This case study explored the development of two pre-service teachers' subject matter knowledge (SMK) of electromagnetism while integrating the use of concept maps (CM) and collaborative learning (CL) strategies. The study aimed at capturing how these pre-service teachers' SMK in electromagnetism was enhanced after having been taught SMK in a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Energy, Scientific Concepts
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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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Sibanda, Doras; Hobden, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
The current study seeks to examine how teachers plan teaching sequences to teach chemical bonding in the senior secondary phase of schooling. The study employs a learning demand tool as interpretive framework. A mixed method was used to guide the collection of data. Data were collected through a survey instrument with 227 practising physical…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Lesson Plans, Sequential Approach, Secondary School Science
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