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Mutambara, Lillias; Bansilal, Sarah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
This exploratory study investigated 10 pre-service mathematics students' understanding of vector subspaces at a university in Zimbabwe. The study involved an in-depth document analysis of the students' written responses to five items based on the vector subspace concept. An APOS (Action--Process--Object--Schema) approach was used to identify the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation
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Joubert, Marie; Kenny, Sinobia – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper reports on the professional development of four mathematics teachers in South Africa. The four teachers all participated in a Mathematical Thinking course before taking an Advanced Certificate in Education in mathematics. The research, which aimed to understand these teachers' ongoing professional development, took place two years after…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Khoza, Hlologelo Climant; Nyamupangedengu, Eunice – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Using Piaget's perspective of individual cognition and Vygotsky's theory of social constructivism as lenses, this paper reports on the instructional prompts that are used by biology lecturers to promote student interaction. The study further reports on the link between the prompts used and the subsequent quality of the interaction. Three lecturers…
Descriptors: Biology, Lecture Method, Cues, Student Participation
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Govender, Nadaraj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This case study explored the development of two pre-service teachers' subject matter knowledge (SMK) of electromagnetism while integrating the use of concept maps (CM) and collaborative learning (CL) strategies. The study aimed at capturing how these pre-service teachers' SMK in electromagnetism was enhanced after having been taught SMK in a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Energy, Scientific Concepts
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Braund, Martin; Moodley, Trevor; Ekron, Christelle; Ahmed, Zaiboenisha – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
Drama is used to build knowledge and understanding in science as part of a socio-linguistic, constructivist approach. Role-plays, where learners act as analogues for components and processes, help access abstract ideas. However, a problem restricting many science teachers using these approaches has been that they lack sufficient pedagogical…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Role Playing, Grade 7
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Roux, Annalie; Nieuwoudt, Hercules; Nieuwoudt, Susan – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
It is a known fact that South African learners underachieve in mathematics. One possible factor that might have an influence on their mathematics achievement is the conceptual knowledge of mathematics teachers. In order to facilitate conceptual understanding, mathematics teachers themselves must possess profound mathematical knowledge. One key…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Achievement
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Turpin, Marita; Matthee, Machdel; Kruger, Anine – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
The development of problem solving skills is a shared goal in science, engineering, mathematics and technology education. In the applied sciences, problems are often open-ended and complex, requiring a multidisciplinary approach as well as new designs. In such cases, problem solving requires not only analytical capabilities, but also creativity…
Descriptors: Creativity, Information Systems, Undergraduate Students, Guidelines
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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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Naidoo, Premella Devie; Vithal, Renuka – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Recognition of the critical role of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) in science in the new South African national curriculum for schools affirms the importance of IKS, particularly in the natural, physical and life sciences, as they are included in its policy. This paper explores the question of how teachers implement IKS in their science…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Curriculum Implementation
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Dinis da Costa, Daniel – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
This article presents student-teachers' perceptions of spatial 3D-descriptive geometry education in Mozambique. To interpret a 3D object through 2D projections and vice-versa requires spatial abilities that are deemed crucial for learning in any spatially dependent discipline such as 3D-descriptive geometry, engineering and technical-vocational…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mixed Methods Research, Preservice Teachers, Focus Groups