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Brown, Bruce – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The learning of rational numbers is a complex and difficult process that begins in the early grades. This teaching often focuses on the mastery of essential knowledge, including particular skills (e.g. using fractions to describe part--whole diagrams) and interpretations (e.g. sharing), which often results in an incomplete and…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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van Staden, Surette; Combrinck, Celeste; Roux, Karen; Tshele, Mishack; Palane, Nelladee M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: South Africa's participation across a number of international large-scale assessment programmes provides continued evidence of poor student achievement across grades and phases. Despite discouraging achievement results, evidence of slow progress begins to emerge, yet systemic inequalities persist. Aim: This article aims to unpack the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Educational Policy, Equal Education
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Probert, Tracy N. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: A large amount of evidence highlights the obvious inequalities in literacy results of South African learners. Despite this, a sound understanding of how learners approach the task of reading in the African languages is lacking. Aim: This article examines the role of the syllable, phoneme and morpheme in reading in transparent,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Languages, Syllables, Phonemes
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Malebese, Mots'elisi L.; Tlali, Moeketsi F.; Mahlomaholo, Sechaba – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Learners from predominantly less priviledged South African schools encounter English as a language of teaching and learning for the first time in Grade 4. The transition from the use of home language to second language, namely English first additional language, is complexly related to the learners' inability to read text meaningfully.…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, English Language Learners
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Sibanda, Jabulani; Baxen, Jean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: This article investigated the potential of Grade 3 English Second Language (ESL) teachers' vocabulary development practices to equip learners in English-deprived environments with English vocabulary requisite for transition to Grade 4 where English is the Language of Learning and Teaching and where learning to read gives way to reading…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language)
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Sibanda, Lucy; Graven, Mellony – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: The underperformance of South African learners in literacy and numeracy is a source of concern, especially when learners move from Grade 3 to Grade 4. Aim: This article reflects on the reading and comprehension challenges of English language learners (ELLs) in the Grade 4 2013 mathematics Annual National Assessments (ANAs). Setting:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension
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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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van Vuuren, Eurika N. Jansen – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
The arts as a pedagogic medium can be an important tool for language learning, and yet many teachers avoid it, often because of a lack of confidence. The main purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of generalist educators, as opposed to art specialists, using the arts successfully as a cross-curricular tool to accelerate English…
Descriptors: Art Education, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Fleisch, Brahm; Pather, Kamala; Motilal, Geeta – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
There is growing evidence of systematic underachievement of South African primary school learners in reading in English as the first additional language. There is a small but growing literature that provides insights, that is, causes, patterns and prevalence, into this phenomenon. Through a secondary analysis of a spelling component of a literacy…
Descriptors: Spelling, Error Patterns, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Maphanga, Nonhlanhla; Morojele, Pholoho J. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study explores Grade 4 school children's experiences of cross-sex relationships in a co-educational farm school in uMgungundlovu district in South Africa. The aim is to understand if and how constructions of gender bear on young children's social relations at the school. Informed by children's geographies and new sociology of childhood…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Learner Engagement, Foreign Countries, Gender Differences
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van Staden, Surette; Bosker, Roel; Bergbauer, Annika – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study utilised regression methods to explain Grade 4 reading literacy achievement taking into account discrepancies between the language of the test and home language for learners who participated in the South African preProgress in International Reading Literacy Study (prePIRLS) 2011. Grade 4 learners were tested across all 11 official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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Sibanda, Lucy – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This paper, deriving from a larger study, evaluates the readability of two Grade 4 natural sciences textbooks used by learners who speak English as an additional language in two South African schools. The study is set within the context of the reading-related transitional challenges faced by English second language learners when they move from the…
Descriptors: Readability, Grade 4, Natural Sciences, Foreign Countries