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Jagals, Divan; van der Walt, Marthie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Metacognition encompasses knowledge and regulation that, through reflection, sustain problem solving behaviour. How metacognitive awareness is constructed from reflection on metacognitive knowledge and regulation and how these reflections enable metacognitive skills for Mathematics problem solving remain unclear. Three secondary schools…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Case Studies, Reflection, Problem Solving
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Khanyane, Marethabile; Mokuku, Tšepo; Nthathakane, Malefu C. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The paper reports on a study aimed at investigating perceived gender differences in performance in science at secondary school level, as well as beliefs on possible underlying causes for these differences. The study is situated within the interpretivist paradigm and uses a typology of factors drawn from the Educational Effectiveness Research model…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Science Achievement
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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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Schäfer, Marc – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Enactivism, as an interesting and useful theoretical underpinning is gaining traction in Mathematics Education research. It forms the central theme of this paper whose aim is two-fold: first to describe and engage with how elements of enactivism informed a PhD study, both on a theoretical and analytical level, and second to reflect on the enacted…
Descriptors: Models, Research, Supervisors, Foreign Countries
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Ibrahim, Bashirah; Ding, Lin; Mollohan, Katherine N.; Stammen, Andria – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Scientific reasoning is crucial to any scientific discipline. One sub-skill particularly relevant to the scientific enterprise is theory evidence coordination. This study, underpinned by Kuhn's framework for scientific reasoning, investigates how university students coordinate their self-generated theory and evidence in a physics topic (energy)…
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Science Instruction, Physics, Task Analysis
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Kazunga, Cathrine; Bansilal, Sarah – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Ratio and proportion have many daily life applications and hence form an important part of the Mathematical Literacy (ML) curriculum in South African schools. The purpose of this study was to explore ML teachers' application of ratio in an assessment task with multiple measure spaces set within the real-life context of the need to establish the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts
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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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Mhlolo, Michael Kainose – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The concept of pattern recognition lies at the heart of numerous deliberations concerned with new mathematics curricula, because it is strongly linked to improved generalised thinking. However none of these discussions has made the deceptive nature of patterns an object of exploration and understanding. Yet there is evidence showing that pattern…
Descriptors: Pattern Recognition, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 11, Algebra
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Shaker, Hedieh; Berger, Margot – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
In this paper we explore first-year students' difficulties with the use and interpretation of definitions of mathematical objects as they attempt proof construction exercises in the area of elementary set theory. The participants are students at a historically disadvantaged university in South Africa. In this study the activities and utterances of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Mathematics Education, Majors (Students)
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Taylor, Dale L.; Cameron, Ann – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The valuing of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) is one of the principles on which the South African school curriculum is supposed to be based. The purpose of this paper is to critique the treatment of indigenous knowledge in the South African secondary Physical Sciences curriculum against a backdrop of international debates on the relationship…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge, Physical Sciences, Secondary School Science
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Craig, Tracy S. – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
Mathematical problem-solving is notoriously difficult to teach in a standard university mathematics classroom. The project on which this article reports aimed to investigate the effect of the writing of explanatory strategies in the context of mathematical problem solving on problem-solving behaviour. This article serves to describe the…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Mathematical Logic, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries
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Stott, Debbie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
The zone of proximal development (ZPD) is a well-known and frequently used notion in both educational research and practice with a wide and diverse range of interpretations. My aim in writing this theoretical article is not to provide a critical examination or an extensive literature review of the ZPD, but rather to highlight some significant…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Learning Theories, Guidelines, Educational Research
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Kaheru, Sam J.; Kriek, Jeanne – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2016
A study on the effect of the use of computer simulations (CS) on the acquisition of knowledge and cognitive load was undertaken with 104 Grade 11 learners in four schools in rural South Africa on the physics topic geometrical optics. Owing to the lack of resources a teacher-centred approach was followed in the use of computer simulations. The…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Gender Differences, Scores, Pretests Posttests
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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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