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Kortjass, Makie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article gives an account of what I learned through the process of a self-study research project. Self-study teacher research allows teacher educators and teachers to improve their learning, plan new pedagogies and impact students' learning. Aim: The aim of this self-study research was to improve my own practice in early childhood…
Descriptors: Reflection, Independent Study, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities
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Meiring, Leslie F. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The South African national school curriculum for the foundation phase (6- to 9-year-olds) does not have a unique subject called 'science', but 'hidden' away in the subject 'life skills', one detects a great deal of science, but not all of it overtly presented. This presents a challenge to teachers who might be limited in their science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Self Efficacy, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Ndlovu, Zanele A.; Chiromo, Lytion – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Teaching using manipulatives is emphasised, especially in the early grades, to help learners conceptualise operations on whole numbers. Therefore, teachers' competencies in using manipulatives is the key in helping learners master these basic operation skills. Aim: Drawing from the literature on using manipulatives to improve learners'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Hackmack, Karin – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Academic literacy(ies) is a major determining qualifier for success in a university qualification. Academic literacy(ies), in this study, are seen as social practices or discourses that occur within specific academic disciplines. Students therefore needed to 'learn' the academic literacy(ies) discourse of the faculty. Aim: This study…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Teachers, Academic Language, Teacher Educators, Socialization
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Niemi, Reetta – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The new core curriculum for basic education in Finland emphasises the interrelation between learners' participation and multidisciplinary learning. Each learner must be provided with an opportunity to join at least one multidisciplinary learning module each year. Hence, student teachers also implement a multidisciplinary learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Azzi-Lessing, Lenette; Schmidt, Kim – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article examines the development of early childhood development (ECD) home-visiting services in South Africa. Aim: To examine the factors that could support the success of home-visiting programmes as well as to explore the experiences of bachelor's-level home visitors rendering such services. Setting: This study was conducted in…
Descriptors: Home Visits, Child Development, Program Effectiveness, Poverty
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Robinson, Maureen; Rousseau, Nicolene – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: The concept of reflection is much used in teacher education in many parts of the world, including in South African teacher education policy. However, the notion of reflection is often loosely defined, with differing understandings of its nature, purpose and curriculum implications. Aim: This article explores how teacher educators and…
Descriptors: Reflection, Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators
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van der Merwe, Dean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: In the intermediate phase of schooling, learners' academic success is largely dependent on their ability to read and write academic texts. Teachers need to teach academic language intentionally and explicitly. In order for teachers to do this, they themselves need knowledge of academic language and its features. Teacher education…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Language Proficiency, Case Studies, Teacher Education Programs
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Arends, Delia; Petersen, Nadine F. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: The Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg, like many other universities worldwide, has a strong focus on first-year experience programmes to promote student academic and social enculturation. Aim: In this article, we report on students' views of the role of an education excursion as cohesive device. We were…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Student Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Social Integration
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van As, Alta J.; Excell, Lorayne – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: Music as one of the creative arts offers an ideal vehicle to implement alternative teaching and learning strategies, including the implementation of purposeful but playful pedagogies that are increasingly being acknowledged as the most appropriate way of teaching young children. However, within higher educational institutions, it is…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Music Education, Intervention
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Ubah, Ifunanya J. A.; Bansilal, Sarah – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: The concept of rational numbers is one of the learner's first experiences with a Mathematics concept beyond the basic skills operations on whole numbers. The personal knowledge of fractions that teachers bring to the teaching context is important because teachers mediate the conceptions that their learners construct. Aim: This study…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Fractions, Mathematics Teachers