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Ndlovu, Williams; Pournara, Craig; Mwakapenda, Willy – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In this article, we report on findings from a study that explored perspectives of Grade 10-12 learners from two rural secondary schools in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa on the nature of mathematics prior to and at the end of a year-long mathematics mentorship programme. We use Ernest's (1994) orientations about the nature of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
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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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Gardee, Aarifah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
In recent years, the notion of equity has become increasingly prominent in mathematics education, in relation to pedagogy and the opportunities provided for learners to identify themselves as successful mathematics learners. Different pedagogies have been shown to promote equity and access to mathematics in different ways. However, teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Equal Education
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Stott, Angela Elisabeth – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Physical sciences teachers in low-quintile South African schools avoid the use of inquiry on the grounds of inefficiency and ineffectiveness for test preparation. This avoidance is consistent with the view that the high cognitive load inquiry offers to extreme novices such as these learners may be prohibitive. Given the purported benefits of…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Program Effectiveness, Active Learning, Inquiry
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Kola, Malose; Rauscher, Willem; Haupt, Grietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
The South African Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Technology stipulates that Technology should provide learners with the opportunity to solve authentic problems that are embedded in real-life experiences. Solving these authentic technological problems requires learners to use critical thinking skills and teachers are expected to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Technology Education, Secondary School Students
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Tap, William D.; Mtetwa, David K.; Vere, Joseph C. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This paper reports on some aspects of an investigation on the impact of an instructional approach aimed at generating and maintaining students' interest in mathematics for secondary school students in displaced and re-settled communities in South Sudan. Two groups of Grade 11 students, an experimental group (E-group) and a control group (C-group),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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Chirinda, Brantina; Barmby, Patrick – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The South African curriculum emphasizes the teaching of problem solving in mathematics. However, little is known about South African teachers' views on the teaching of mathematical problem solving (MPS). The purpose of this study was to establish Grade 9 South African teachers' views, teaching strategies and the support required in their teaching…
Descriptors: Grade 9, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Muwonge, Charles Magoba; Ssenyonga, Joseph; Kwarikunda, Diana – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Guided by the control-value theory of achievement emotions, we examined the relationship between cognitive appraisals (i.e. self-efficacy and task value), learning anxiety, test anxiety, enjoyment and motivation towards learning mathematics among 302 students in their first year of lower secondary school in Uganda. Students were randomly selected…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Student Motivation, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Anxiety
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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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Granklint Enochson, Pernilla; Redfors, Andreas; Dempster, Edith R.; Tibell, Lena A. E. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
In this paper we focus on how South African students' ideas about the human body are constituted in their descriptions of three different scenarios involving the pathway of a sandwich, a painkiller and a glass of water through the body. In particular, we have studied the way in which the students transferred ideas between the sandwich and the…
Descriptors: Human Body, Secondary School Students, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Kirby, Nicola; Dempster, Edith – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
Quantitative methods of data analysis usually involve inferential statistics, and are not well known for their ability to reflect the intricacies of a diverse student population. The South African tertiary education sector is characterised by extreme inequality and diversity. Foundation programmes address issues of inequality of access by…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries, Regression (Statistics)
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Stols, Gerrit; Long, Caroline; Dunne, Tim – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
The purpose of this study is to apply the Rasch model to investigate both the Van Hiele theory for geometric development and an associated test. In terms of the test, the objective is to investigate the functioning of a classic 25-item instrument designed to identify levels of geometric proficiency. The dataset of responses by 244 students (106…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Concepts
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Dimitriou-Hadjichristou, Chrysoula; Ogbonnaya, Ugorji I. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This paper reports a study on the effect of using the Lakatosian heuristic method to teach the surface area of a cone (SAC) on students' achievement according to Bloom's taxonomy levels. Two groups of students (experimental and control) participated in the study. The experimental group (n = 20) was taught using the Lakatosian heuristic method…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Teaching Methods, Geometry, Geometric Concepts
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Mbonambi, Martin Sipho; Bansilal, Sarah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore and compare the proficiency of Grade 11 Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy (ML) learners in solving two problems based on the temperature conversion formula. The first was a result-unknown problem that asks for the result of a formula for a given input. The second was a start-unknown problem in which the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 11, Secondary School Students, Mathematics Instruction
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Tsanwani, Avhasei; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann; Maree, Kobus – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Under-performance in mathematics is a challenge in South African schools. The purpose of this study is to advance views expressed by teachers and learners on factors that facilitate learners' performance in mathematics. The participants in this research were educators and learners from historically disadvantaged schools from similar socio-economic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, High Achievement
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