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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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Jemutai, Sarah; Webb, Paul – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Literature reveals that guided play promotes the development of visuospatial abilities essential for learning to read, write and do mathematics. However, most of these findings have focused on older children who are already literate, and the tests and the instruments used were designed for children in Western contexts. Aim: As there is…
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Play, Cross Cultural Studies, Pretests Posttests
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Arends, Fabian; Visser, Mariette – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The role of teachers in nurturing students' sense of belonging cannot be overemphasised. Students who do not feel accepted by their teachers are at risk of withdrawing from school life and feeling disaffected. This study contributes to theories on school belonging by investigating the contribution of teachers to students' sense of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Bullying, Student Attitudes, Socioeconomic Status
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de Waal, Elna; Pienaar, Anita E.; Coetzee, Dané – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: Children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) portray motor coordination and perceptual difficulties which can hamper daily activity and academic task execution. Aim: This study examined the association between DCD and academic performance, and explored which perceptual and motor coordination skills had the largest…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Psychomotor Skills, Physical Disabilities, Correlation
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Wilsenach, Carien; Makaure, Patricia – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Gender differences in reading development are a global phenomenon, with girls typically performing better than boys. Some studies have reported gender differences favouring girls in reading comprehension in South Africa, but little systematic evidence exists about gender differences in the cognitive-linguistic abilities that underlie reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Phonological Awareness, Reading Comprehension
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Graven, Mellony; Pausigere, Peter – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article investigates the participation enablers and learning affordances identified by teachers through participation within an in-service community of practice (CoP) of primary teachers called the Numeracy Inquiry Community of Leader Educators (NICLE) in the Eastern Cape. The article draws on three qualitative sources of data: the annual…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Communities of Practice, Feedback (Response)
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Bansilal, Sarah – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
The introduction of the Annual National Assessment (ANA) programme by the South African education department was met with much resistance from unions with some stating that it is not matched well to the curriculum. In this small-scale study, I compare the differences in outcomes between the internal summative assessment and the ANA for Grade 9…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 9, Secondary School Mathematics
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Wadende, Pamela; Oburu, Paul O.; Morara, Abel – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The indigenous communities in Africa, specifically Kenya, which is the focus of this article, had their own well-developed motivational systems that positively enhanced teaching and learning programmes in the community. These motivational systems were manifested in behaviours that were presented as sequential cultural tasks that demanded active…
Descriptors: African Culture, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Culturally Relevant Education
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Armstrong, Paula – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This research makes use of hierarchical linear modelling to investigate which teacher characteristics are significantly associated with student performance. Using data from the SACMEQ III study of 2007, an interesting and potentially important finding is that younger teachers are better able to improve the mean mathematics performance of their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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van der Berg, Servaas – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Much hope is placed on education systems to reduce socio-economic learning gaps. However, in South Africa, uneven functioning of the school system widens learning gaps. This paper analyses education performance using ANA data. Weak calibration and inter-temporal or inter-grade comparability of ANA test scores limit their usefulness for measuring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scores, Correlation, Achievement Tests
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van der Berg, Servaas; Shepherd, Debra – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study analyses information and feedback from matriculation-level continuous assessment in the South African education system in 2005. Continuous assessment (CASS) at the time carried a 25% weight in the final matriculation (Grade 12) mark, and it provided feedback that affected examination preparation and effort. Weak assessment in schools…
Descriptors: Admission (School), Foreign Countries, Correlation, Feedback (Response)
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Fitzpatrick, Caroline – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
Reducing the economic and social burden associated with poor academic achievement represents an urgent concern in South Africa. Increasingly research suggests that child characteristics in kindergarten play an important role in charting courses towards academic success and educational attainment by early adulthood. Although math and reading skills…
Descriptors: Advantaged, Disadvantaged, Achievement Gap, Executive Function
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Askew, Mike – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
Children's learning of early number bonds is a significant issue in South African schools because evidence shows that flexible and efficient (fluent and reasoned) knowledge of number bonds to 20 correlates with success at the end of primary schooling, yet the evidence is that many South African students are over-reliant on inefficient counting…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Numeracy, Faculty Development, Correlation
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Morrison, Samantha – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2013
This paper explores two foundation phase teachers' example spaces (a space in the mind where examples exist) when teaching number-related topics in relation to snapshots of their content knowledge (CK). Data was collected during a pilot primary maths for teaching course that included assessments of teacher content knowledge (CK). An analysis of a…
Descriptors: Correlation, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Keller, Anita C.; Bergman, Manfred Max – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2012
This paper presents the first assessment of the Behavioural Rating Scale of Presented Self-Esteem (Haltiwanger, 1989) in South Africa. The analyses are based on teachers' evaluation of self-esteem of 57 young isiZulu and Sesotho-speaking children attending a South African government-funded urban primary school. Although we found Cronbach's Alpha…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Gender Differences, Native Language, Scores
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