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Oguoma, Enid; Jita, Loyiso; Jita, Thuthukile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
A new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) was introduced in South Africa in 2012 to, among others, drive a learner-centred and constructivist approach to practical work in the high school subject Physical Sciences. This study investigates teachers' concerns with the implementation of practical work in Physical Sciences. A survey of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Sciences, Secondary School Science, Teacher Attitudes
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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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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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Kolobe, Lebala; Hobden, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In an ideal instructional context, one would expect the components (teacher, content and instructional strategy) to operate in harmony, in tandem and in a complementary manner. When these components are not in harmony, they are said to be in a state of 'instructional contextual contestation'. The components compete rather than complement each…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Fundamental Concepts, Scientific Concepts
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Mamba, Dudu; Putsoa, Bongile – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper investigates the teaching strategies used by secondary school science teachers in Swazi schools that perform well in national examinations. The performance of learners in science in these examinations is generally low, as indicated by the public examination results published by the Examinations Council of Swaziland. However, a few…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
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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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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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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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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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Mumba, Frackson; Banda, Asiana; Chabalengula, Vivien M. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This study in Zambia examined 66 junior high school pre-service science teachers' familiarity with, conceptual understanding of and levels of interest in learning more about electrochemistry concepts. Data were collected using the Familiarity with Electrochemistry Questionnaire, the Conceptual Understanding of Electrochemistry Test and the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Chemistry, Secondary School Science
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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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Koopman, Oscar – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
This article aims to investigate how science teachers engaged with the macroscopic, sub-microscopic and symbolic levels of representations in their Chemistry teaching. Data were collected in Limpopo province in South Africa from 15 "lead" teachers and this paper reports on five lessons presented by the teachers during professional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Chemistry, Faculty Development
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Khanyane, Marethabile; Mokuku, Tšepo; Nthathakane, Malefu C. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The paper reports on a study aimed at investigating perceived gender differences in performance in science at secondary school level, as well as beliefs on possible underlying causes for these differences. The study is situated within the interpretivist paradigm and uses a typology of factors drawn from the Educational Effectiveness Research model…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Science Achievement
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Schulze, Salomé; Lemmer, Eleanor – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Worldwide science education is a national priority due to the role played by science performance in economic growth and the supply and quality of the human capital pool in scientific fields. One factor that may impact on the motivation to learn science is family experiences. This study therefore explored the relationship between family experiences…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Motivation, Science Instruction, Grade 9
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Taylor, Dale L.; Cameron, Ann – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The valuing of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) is one of the principles on which the South African school curriculum is supposed to be based. The purpose of this paper is to critique the treatment of indigenous knowledge in the South African secondary Physical Sciences curriculum against a backdrop of international debates on the relationship…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge, Physical Sciences, Secondary School Science
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