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Fitzpatrick, Caroline; Oghia, Michael J.; Melki, Jad; Pagani, Linda S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
We review the state of evidence supporting a link between violent media exposure in preschoolaged children and subsequent well-being outcomes. We searched through four decades (1971-2011) of literature for enlightening details on the relationship between early exposure to media violence and health outcomes in later childhood and adolescence.…
Descriptors: Violence, Mass Media Effects, Preschool Children, Aggression
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Nieminen, Suvi H.; Sajaniemi, Nina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study is a literature review, drawing mainly on the nine significant and good quality studies (i.e. published in peer-reviewed journals) that make up the evidence base for mindful awareness practices in early childhood. Mindful awareness practices in this context means an individual's awareness of her own body and her inner emotions or…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Metacognition, Attention, Self Control
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Cockcroft, Kate – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Working memory is the mental ability to temporarily store and manipulate information. Its functioning is distinct from the vast storage capacity of long-term memory and is crucial for optimal learning and development. There is considerable research on several theoretical aspects of working memory. Far less research has explored the application of…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Cognitive Measurement
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Verbeek, Clare – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
There is a crisis in provision of quality teaching in the foundation phase of schooling in South Africa. This article argues that the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Foundation Phase) (PGCE(FP)) has potential to help address this crisis. The article draws on data from university admission policies, focused discussion between teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teacher Education
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Graven, Mellony; Venkat, Hamsa; Westaway, LIse; Tshesane, Herman – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
In this paper we examine the extent of the focus on number sense, enabled and accompanied by the development of efficient strategies for mental maths, in the foundation and intermediate phase. We do this through documentary analysis of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) for these phases and the Annual National Assessments…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Curriculum, Educational Assessment
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Atmore, Eric; van Niekerk, Lauren-Jayne; Ashley-Cooper, Michaela – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
In this review article, the context of young children in South Africa in 2012 is described and the main challenges affecting children and the early childhood development sector (ECD) in South Africa are investigated. A situation analysis of ECD in South Africa was undertaken using South African government ECD policy and programme implementation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Development
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Fitzpatrick, Caroline – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
Children's preparedness for school is an important predictor of their eventual academic attainment, health, and personal success well into adulthood. Although kindergarten knowledge of numbers and vocabulary represent robust indicators of children's readiness to learn at school entry, theory and research suggest that self-directed learning skills…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Children, Learner Engagement, School Readiness