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Alexander, P. M.; Holmner, M.; Lotriet, H. H.; Matthee, M. C.; Pieterse, H. V.; Naidoo, S.; Twinomurinzi, H.; Jordaan, D. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
The number of student enrolments in computer-related courses remains a serious concern worldwide with far reaching consequences. This paper reports on an extensive survey about career choice and associated motivational factors amongst new students, only some of whom intend to major in computer-related courses, at two South African universities.…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Career Choice
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Muwanga-Zake, Johnnie Wycliffe Frank – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007
I report on benefits from 26 teacher-participant evaluators of a computer game designed to motivate learning and to ease conceptual understanding of biology in South Africa. Using a developmental, social constructivist and interpretative model, the recommendation is to include the value systems and needs of end-users (through social dialogue);…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Evaluators, Scientific Principles
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Cilliers, J. A.; And Others – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1996
Determines the extent to which aptitude alone contributes to academic performance with specific reference to performance in the introductory level physics practical. Establishes which specific aspects of aptitude are the most salient predictors of success in the physics practical. Attempts to establish whether familiarity with the language of…
Descriptors: Achievement, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Higher Education