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Loukomies, Anni; Petersen, Nadine; Lavonen, Jari – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
In this study, we examined student teachers' learning during their teaching placement period in Finland and South Africa. The setting of the inquiry in both countries was a 'teaching' school, affiliated to a university teacher education programme. The teaching school is also referred to as an educational innovation that was transferred from the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, Student Teachers
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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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Beni, Saritha; Stears, Michele; James, Angela – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Scientific literacy should be promoted through the teaching of science from Grade R and for this to happen, teachers need to understand what science should be taught and how it should be taught. This interpretive, qualitative study explores the degree to which four foundation phase teachers interpret the life skills programme with regard to the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Questionnaires, Documentation
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Barends, Zelda; Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Research confirms that the quality of instruction learners experience day-to-day matters for learner achievement more than any other school-based factor. Yet teachers beginning their careers across a range of contexts routinely report that they are unprepared to enact high quality instruction on day one. Thus, the quality and content of…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Preservice Teacher Education, School Districts, Literacy Education
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de Jager, Petronella; Condy, Janet – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
In South Africa, many learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) attend mainstream and private schools. This study explores the influence of executive function (EF) challenges experienced by one learner with ASD on his behavioural adaptation in an inclusive school environment. An interpretive case study approach was followed to help understand…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Educational Environment
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Bose, Kabita; Seetso, Grace – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This article presents a study regarding preschool teachers' skills and competencies in teaching science and mathematics. The aim of the project was twofold; one to find out the preschool teachers' knowledge about mathematics and science concepts and then to develop support material to empower them with skills and competencies to teach these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Preschool Education, Science Instruction
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Graven, Mellony – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
In this paper, I argue that the establishment of after-school mathematics clubs in early grades holds rich potential for supporting the development of increasingly participatory and sensemaking maths learning dispositions. Within the South African Numeracy Chair project, lead by the author, multiple after-school mathematics clubs have been set up…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Clubs, After School Programs, Grade 3
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Luneta, Kakoma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This study is about student teachers' conceptual understanding of shapes. While the National Curriculum Statement stipulates that by the time learners exit high school they should have grounded knowledge of basic geometry and know shapes such as polygons and polyhedrons and their properties, this study finds that the majority of student teachers…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, National Curriculum
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Beni, Saritha; Stears, Michèle; James, Angela – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
This study explores foundation phase teachers' understanding of the natural science curriculum within the life skills learning programme. The theoretical framework for this study is entrenched in the relationship between the intended and the implemented curriculum. The Zone of Feasible Innovation (ZFI) is the proposed theory of implementation and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Practices, Science Curriculum, Pedagogical Content Knowledge