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Ghebru, Senait; Ogunniyi, Meshach – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The study is part of a larger project concerned with addressing the problem that Eritrean science teachers face in their attempt to implement a new learner-centred science curriculum. Specifically, the study attempted to determine the effects of the use of an Argumentation-Based Instructional Model (ABIM) on 25 pre-service science teachers'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Knowledge Level, Persuasive Discourse
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Dega, Bekele Gashe; Govender, Nadaraj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
This study compares the scientific and alternative conceptions of energy and momentum of university first-year science students in Ethiopia and the US. Written data were collected using the Energy and Momentum Conceptual Survey developed by Singh and Rosengrant. The Concentration Analysis statistical method was used for analysing the Ethiopian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Energy, Motion
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Mollett, Jean; Cameron, Ann – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
In southern Africa, biotechnology is increasingly important with regard to food security and the development of the pharmaceutical industry. Universities are tasked with providing the relevant capacity development through tertiary-level courses to meet these development needs. However, the knowledge and practices of biotechnology may be…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Biotechnology, Focus Groups, Questionnaires
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Bengesai, Annah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
Drawing on an academic literacies approach, this article explores the representations of technical communication by non-content expert tutors teaching the Technical Communication for Engineering course at a South African university. The course is offered to all first year engineering students as a developmental academic literacy course. It is…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Expertise, Tutors, Technical Writing
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Ndlovu, Zanele; Brijlall, Deonarain – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This study is part of ongoing research in undergraduate mathematics education. The study was guided by the belief that understanding the mental constructions the pre-service teachers make when learning matrix algebra concepts leads to improved instructional methods. In this preliminary study the data was collected from 85 pre-service teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Teaching Methods
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Molefe, Leonard; Stears, Michèle – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The importance of teaching science process skills in science education is well documented in the literature. Yet the issue of process skills had also been associated with debates on validity of a process approach to science education. This research was conducted to explore views of science teacher educators in initial teacher education programmes…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Science Process Skills
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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