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Woolway, Jenny; Msimanga, Audrey; Lelliott, Anthony – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2019
Learners come to class with a wealth of knowledge. Working with learner prior knowledge (LPK) is the foundation upon which new concepts get their meaning. Yet some teachers find interacting with LPK complex. Reflecting on practice, particularly within a professional learning community (PLC), has resulted in improvements in teaching. The focus of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Action Research, Prior Learning, Teacher Improvement
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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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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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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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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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Chani, Fungisisai; Ngcoza, Kenneth Mlungisi; Chikunda, Charles; Sewry, Joyce – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
Chemical equilibrium is one of the most important yet difficult topics to teach. The purpose of this study was to examine how two science teachers experienced the mediation of and how they mediated learning of this topic, chemical equilibrium, to high-achieving students. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, lesson observations and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Difficulty Level, High Achievement, Teaching Methods
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Mavani, Deepak; Mavani, Beena; Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
This paper reports on an aspect of a larger research study conceptualised within a teacher development project in Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province. The project was initiated with the objective to develop appropriate skills to use dynamic geometry software (DGS) effectively and strategically as a teaching and learning tool for mathematics. The study…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Mkimbili, Selina Thomas; Tiplic, Dijana; Ødegaard, Marianne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Our study aims to explore the practice of Inquiry-based Science Teaching (IBST) in schools with contextual challenges in Tanzania. The study draws on multiple data sources. Eleven teachers purposively selected were interviewed. Also, out of 11 teachers, seven were observed in their practical sessions. Participants were selected from community…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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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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van Zyl, Sukie; Mentz, Elsa; Havenga, Marietjie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
As part of curriculum changes in South Africa, an introductory programming language, Scratch, must first be taught before switching to the well-established teaching of Delphi. The nature of programming in Scratch is considerably different from that in Delphi. It was assumed that the teaching of Scratch as introductory programming language could…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Programming Languages, Teaching Methods, Guidelines
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Naroth, Charmon; Luneta, Kakoma – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015
This paper reports on the findings from individual interviews and focus group discussions involving six teachers implementing the Singapore Mathematics Curriculum (SMC) in the Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) in a school in South Africa. The interviews presented an opportunity to explore teachers' experiences with their attempts to use the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Curriculum Implementation, Teaching Methods
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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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Kurup, Raj – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2014
An adequate understanding of the Nature of Science (NOS) has become increasingly important for science teachers in the context of the recent curriculum revisions being implemented in Grades R-9 in South African schools. This study explored the NOS conceptions and the influence of these conceptions on the classroom practice of two groups of…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Kanyongo, Gibbs Y.; Brown, Launcelot I. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2013
This study employed regression analysis to investigate the relationship between primary school teachers' pedagogical practices and their knowledge of mathematics. The sample composed of 606 Grade 6 mathematics teachers in Namibia, i.e. 304 (50.2%) males and 302 (49.8%) females. The study utilized existing questionnaire data collected by the…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Correlation, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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