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Qhobela, Makomosela; Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
Teacher-centred strategies have dominated most physics lessons in Lesotho. This study attempted to understand the contributing factors for the choice of teacher-centred teaching instead of learner-centred teaching with the goal of informing a professional development programme designed to address this problem. The paper responds to the research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Student Centered Learning
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Hewson, Mariana G. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2012
African traditional healers (THs) were interviewed in order to explore their indigenous knowledge (IK) concerning natural science topics and science teaching, with potential implications for school science curriculum. First, THs in Lesotho were interviewed about their general ideas and these were compared with ideas obtained from THs in a previous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Folk Culture, Indigenous Knowledge
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Qhobela, Makomosela; Moru, Eunice Kolitsoe – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011
The research reported in this paper investigates the impact of, and challenges with, encouraging argumentation on students' conceptual development in physics. It draws its theoretical framework from two socio-cultural perspectives of learning, i.e. that learning science occurs in a social setting and secondly that learning science is a discursive…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Secondary School Science
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Khoboli, Benedict; O'Toole, J. Mitchell – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2011
This qualitative study document action research which explored existing teachers' views and practices during the implementation of professional development to strengthen learner centred teaching. The paper discusses changes in teachers' practice that culminated in the delivery of enhanced lessons. The paper documents a two year process of change…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Action Research, Teacher Attitudes
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Qhobela, Makomosela; Rollnick, Marissa – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2010
This paper analyses discourse produced in a larger study aimed at encouraging students in Lesotho to talk the language of science as a meaningful way of learning. The paper presents a semiotic and activity based analysis of discourses of students learning to talk physics while enrolled in a pre-tertiary access programme. Prior to the access…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Instruction, Vocabulary