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Mavuru, Lydia; Ramnarain, Umesh – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article explores teachers' knowledge and views on the role of learners' socio-cultural background when teaching Natural Sciences to Grade 9 learners at three South African township schools. Within a socio-cultural framework, the research investigated how teachers accommodate learners' cultural norms and values, religion and beliefs,…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Knowledge Level, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
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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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Mayaba, Nokhanyo; Otterup, Tore; Webb, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
Problems of poor performance in science and mathematics education have been related to language deficiencies, including writing skills. Writing to learn science is an important skill but is not easy to acquire, especially when children learn in a second language. In order to investigate possibilities for developing writing in South African and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Content Area Writing, Science Instruction, Case Studies