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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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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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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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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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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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Singh-Pillay, Asheena; Alant, Busisiwe P.; Nwokocha, Godson – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
The discussion on how to integrate African indigenous knowledge (IK) into mainstream Science and Technology schooling prevails. Nigeria's colonised school curriculum is antithetical to its rich IK heritage. Guided by postcolonial theory, and the need for a culturally relevant and decolonised curriculum, this paper sought to explore seven basic 7-9…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Technology Education
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Zinyeka, Gracious; Onwu, Gilbert O.M.; Braun, Max – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Integrating indigenous knowledge (IK) into school science teaching is one way of maximising the socio-cultural relevance of science education for enhanced learners' performance. The epistemological differences however between the nature of science (NOS) and nature of indigenous knowledge (NOIK) constitute a major challenge for an inclusive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Epistemology
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Ramnarain, Umesh; Nampota, Dorothy; Schuster, David – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
This study investigated and compared the pedagogical orientations of physical sciences teachers in Malawi and South Africa towards inquiry or direct methods of science teaching. Pedagogical orientation has been theorized as a component of pedagogical content knowledge. Orientations were characterized along a spectrum of two variants of inquiry and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers, Physical Sciences
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Sibanda, Doras; Hobden, Paul – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to find out teachers' preferred teaching sequence for basic chemistry topics in Physical Science in South Africa, to obtain their reasons underpinning their preferred sequence, and to compare these sequences with the prescribed sequences in the current curriculum. The study was located within a pragmatic paradigm and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Mamombe, Agnes; Kazeni, Monde; de Villiers, Rian – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The literature on science education reveals a worldwide decline in young people's interest in the study of sciences. This lack of interest has resulted in low enrolment rates in science-related courses at tertiary level. Researchers have suggested, among other innovations, the use of context-based teaching approaches as a way of motivating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Genetics, Science Teachers
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Taylor, Dale L.; Lelliott, Anthony D. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
Dialogic talk, in which different ideas are considered, promotes conceptual understanding in science, and is in line with South Africa's school curriculum. The problem is that dialogic talk is difficult to facilitate and may run counter to cultural norms. As a result, classroom talk is often not dialogic. This paper reports on the nature of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Classroom Communication, Dialogs (Language), Science Teachers
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Cronje, Annelize; de Beer, Josef; Ankiewicz, Piet – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
Science teachers in South Africa and globally experience difficulties with the integration of indigenous knowledge into their science lessons--a requirement of many science curricula. One of the reasons for this may relate to the views teachers hold about indigenous knowledge. Such views can form a barrier against successful inclusion of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Mushayikwa, Emmanuel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This paper is part of a larger study that was carried out to investigate the use of information communication technology (ICT) in the self-directed professional development (SDPD) of mathematics and science teachers in Zimbabwe. The educational context provides an example of how teachers compensated for lack of structured government initiatives to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Chikamori, Kensuke; Ono, Yumiko; Rogan, John – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
Lesson Study is a collaborative, cyclical and continuing professional development process, aiming at improving a lesson through critical reflection. This research is based on three cycles of Lesson Study conducted during a four-week workshop in Japan for 10 South African mathematics and science educators. A sub-group developed and refined a high…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biology, Communities of Practice, Workshops
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Khoboli, Benedict; Kibirige, Israel; O'Toole, J. Mitchell – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This case study analyses teachers' presentations made during a professional development workshop on the implementation of learner-centred science teaching in Lesotho secondary schools. Teachers revealed their understanding of learner-centred teaching through products such as pictures, diagrams, stories including metaphors and letters. These…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Educational Policy, Science Curriculum
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