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Marais, Elma; Nel, Carisma; Dlavane, Dolly – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Universities, specifically faculties of education, have the responsibility to ensure that student teachers are introduced to the complexities involved in planning conceptually sound, coherent and cohesive lessons. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine how prepared students teachers are to plan children's literature…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Questioning Techniques, Childrens Literature, African Languages
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Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Making decisions about English reading instruction is as core a component to teaching as providing the instruction itself. When providing support to learners at risk for poor reading outcomes, for which currently there is a large percentage in South Africa, it is especially important to ensure that the decisions that are made have the highest…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Literacy, Decision Making, Reading Instruction
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Barends, Zelda; Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Research confirms that the quality of instruction learners experience day-to-day matters for learner achievement more than any other school-based factor. Yet teachers beginning their careers across a range of contexts routinely report that they are unprepared to enact high quality instruction on day one. Thus, the quality and content of…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Preservice Teacher Education, School Districts, Literacy Education
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Nel, Carisma; Adam, Aninda – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
Reading is not simply an additional tool that students need at university; it constitutes the very process whereby learning occurs. Pre-service students are required to read prescribed course material which is predominantly in English. An overview of the reading literacy profiles of first-year BEd foundation phase students from diverse language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Skills, Preservice Teachers, College Freshmen
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van der Merwe, Zelda; Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
Various South African and international studies indicate that the preparation of teachers to teach reading is inconsistent across universities worldwide. Teacher preparation programmes lack rigorous research-based findings as the grounding for their programme design. Recommendations of some studies point to the fact that evidence-based research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Reading Achievement, Literacy
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Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
To children going to school for the first time, the symbols and the vocabulary of mathematics can resemble a foreign language with its seemingly cryptic symbols and unknown terminology. This is a challenge to foundation phase learners' ability to read, write, and communicate clearly. It might be that problems of vocabulary are considered to be…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Vocabulary, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children