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Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
How the child develops and learns should be an integral part of pre-service teacher education programmes. This article argues that for foundation phase teachers to teach young children effectively, course content in initial teacher education (TE) should cultivate a thorough understanding of the developing child by infusing theories of childhood…
Descriptors: Child Development, Preservice Teacher Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Practicums
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Aunio, Pirjo; Mononen, Riika; Ragpot, Lara; Törmänen, Minna – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Early numeracy skills are highly relevant for children's mathematics learning at school, especially in the initial years when much mathematics learning relies on early numeracy competence. The aim of this study was to investigate the level of early numeracy skills in a sample of South African children in the first months of formal schooling. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills, Elementary School Students
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Ogunyemi, Florence T.; Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The work reviews the ongoing controversy over work and play within the framework of a constructivist early childhood curriculum. Educators and parents with narrow perception of play view it as mere physical actions of walking, clapping and singing outside class work. However, educators who hold a constructivist epistemological view of child play…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Play, Constructivism (Learning)
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Fritz, Annemarie; Balzer, Lars; Herholdt, Roelien; Ragpot, Lara; Ehlert, Antje – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This article presents the translation and adaptation process of a mathematics test for the acquisition of key mathematical (arithmetic) concepts by children from four to eight years of age. The origin of this test was in Germany, whence it was sourced by researchers at the University of Johannesburg. A conceptual model of hierarchical mathematics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Tests, Grade 1, Elementary School Mathematics
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Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The article reports on the process of producing a film for students in a university course. The purpose of the production was to make local film material that could assist students in their learning of developmental cognitive psychology theory in general, but specifically also the mathematical cognition of children. Although the students in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Films, College Students, Developmental Psychology