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Coetzee, Dané; Pienaar, Anita E.; van Wyk, Yolanda – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Visual motor integration plays an important role in academic skills of learners in the early school years and can have an impact on their overall academic performance. Aim: This study aimed to determine the influence of socio-economic status (SES) on changes in visual-motor integration, visual perception and motor coordination over a…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Psychomotor Skills, Socioeconomic Status, Grade 1
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Schaefer, Maxine; Kotzé, Janeli – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Many South African children attend African language medium of instruction (MOI) schools, learn English as an additional language and switch to English MOI three years later. There is still much to be researched about how a child's first and second language literacy develops over time in South Africa. Aim: This study aims to outline the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, Elementary School Students
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Visser, Margaretha M.; Juan, Andrea L.; Hannan, Sylvia M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The acquired skill set prior to school entry has emerged as an important issue in research and policy internationally. Much evidence exists advocating the importance of early numeracy and literacy skills in later academic achievement and economic outcomes of students. Aim: The goal of this study was to determine the association between…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation
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Chansa-Kabali, Tamara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Inequalities on child cognitive outcomes exist as children enter the first grade. These differences are even wider for children in low-income families. This article aims to examine the extent to which home factors account for variation in early literacy outcomes in the first year of schooling. A total of 72 first graders and their parents from…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Low Income, Outcomes of Education
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Wildschut, Zelda; Moodley, Trevor; Aronstam, Shelley – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Research has revealed that the academic performances of learners in South Africa are below the required level. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) launched the literacy and numeracy strategy 2006-2016 in response to the low literacy and numeracy levels. In addition, the WCED introduced the Grade 1 baseline assessment in 2006, as part of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Student Evaluation, Barriers
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Ramrathan, Labby; Mzimela, Jabu – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The skill of reading is regarded as the cornerstone of literacy learning in the foundation phase. Although it is the most complex skill to master, it forms part of literacy teaching. Most learners begin schooling without having any kind of exposure to reading. This lack of exposure introduces a number of challenges, which are consequently…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Grade 1, Literacy, Case Studies
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Kanjee, Anil; Mthembu, Jane – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study explores foundation phase teachers' assessment literacy, and their understanding and use of formative and summative assessment. Using questionnaires, observations and interviews, data were obtained from Grade 1, 2 and 3 teachers from a school each in quintile 2, 3 and 5. Teachers from all three schools demonstrated equally low levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
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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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Bruwer, Marietjie; Hartell, Cycil; Steyn, Miemsie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
A significant number of young learners entering into Grade 1 in South Africa have not reached the required level of readiness for formal learning due to inadequate early learning experiences. As found in many studies worldwide, these learners are often traumatised because they cannot keep up with the pace and requirements of the formal learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Fritz, Annemarie; Ehlert, Antje; Balzer, Lars – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
A common theme of models of conceptual growth is to establish the hierarchical structures of abilities that can be interpreted along developmental lines. Integrating the literature on the development of mathematical concepts and skills in children, a comprehensive 6 level model for describing, explaining and predicting the development of key…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Item Response Theory, Comparative Analysis, Mathematics Education
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Henning, Elizabeth; Dampier, Graham – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
This article is about an investigation into the English spoken language competence of 144 first graders in two urban ('township') schools in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The study was conducted from an anthropological and a cognitive developmental perspective. In one school isiZulu and Sesotho are used mainly as medium of instruction,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Muthivhi, Azwihangwisi E. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2011
The present study, located in the socio-cultural tradition of research in developmental psychology, uses experimental tasks, adapted from the groundbreaking Lurian study (Luria, 1979, 1976) to investigate South African children's acquisition and development of thinking and concepts -- involving classification and generalisation, and how these…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries, Grade 1
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van Zyl, Erna – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2011
The research reported in this article was conducted from a socio-environmental perspective on learners' school readiness when entering Grade 1, as well as their school performance in Grade 1 and again in Grade 4. The relation between school readiness and performance in Home Language and Numeracy in Grade 1, and performance in the same learning…
Descriptors: Correlation, School Readiness, Grade 1, Grade 4