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Roberts, Nicky; Spencer-Smith, Garth – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: There has been little Southern African research attention on the potentials of m-learning to support quality mathematics learning for young children and their caring adults. This article argues that m-learning research has shifted from claims of being promising to claims of effect in educational settings of both classrooms and homes.…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Models, Intervention, Mathematics Instruction
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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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Mostert, Ingrid – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Workbooks were introduced by the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) in 2011. Although the workbooks were designed as supplementary materials, in some schools they are used as the sole teaching text. Therefore, an analysis of the content coverage of the workbooks is warranted. This article provides such an analysis in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workbooks, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction
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Askew, Mike; Venkat, Hamsa; Mathews, Corin; Ramsingh, Valerie; Takane, Thulelah; Roberts, Nicky – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Given the context of low attainment in primary mathematics in South Africa, improving learners' understanding of multiplicative reasoning is important as it underpins much of later mathematics. Aim: Within a broader research programme aiming to improve Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3, 7-9-year-olds) learners' mathematical performance, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Björn, Piia M.; Äikäs, Aino; Hakkarainen, Airi; Kyttälä, Minna; Fuchs, Lynn S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The previous body of research literature has reported several separate cognitive processes relevant in solving mathematics wps. Therefore, it is of the essence to seek for effective intervention and instruction for students in need for support in learning. Aim: This article reports the outcome of an intervention targeted at mathematics…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic, Mathematical Concepts
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du Plessis, Jacques – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: Working structurally with patterns at foundation phase (FP) enhances habits of mind that advance early algebra at this early stage of mathematical learning. The South African curriculum proposes that learners work with and understand the logic of a pattern, but this important idea has largely been neglected in classroom texts and in…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers
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Ekdahl, Anna-Lena; Venkat, Hamsa; Runesson, Ulla; Askew, Mike – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
In this article, we present aspects of teaching that draw attention to connections--both within and between examples--in order to explore the potential objects of learning that are brought into being in the classroom space and thus what is made available to learn. Our focus is on exploring differences in teaching over time, in the context of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Elementary Education, Teaching Methods
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Petersen, Belinda; McAuliffe, Sharon; Vermeulen, Cornelis – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article looks at writing tasks as a methodology to support learners' mathematical problem-solving strategies in the South African Foundation Phase context. It is a qualitative case study and explores the relation between the use of writing in mathematics and development of learners' problem-solving strategies and conceptual understanding. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving
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Roberts, Nicky; Venkat, Hamsa – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
In this article, Mason's 'discipline of noticing' is used to theorise a reflective process for changing mathematics teaching in a challenging context. The methodological approach was guided by critical reflective processes that produced, firstly, a descriptive 'account-of' an unsuccessful mathematics lesson, followed by layers of analyses drawing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Behavior Problems
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Moodley, Trevor; Adendorf, Stanley A.; Pather, Subethra – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study explored foundation phase first-year student teachers' perceptions about mathematics. The focus on their attitudes towards mathematics in two roles -- (1) as learners of mathematics, based on their prior experiences at school and (2) as aspirant teachers of mathematics for children in the early grades. Data sources were students'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers
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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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Herholdt, Roelien; Sapire, Ingrid – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
Error analysis is the study of errors in learners' work with a view to looking for possible explanations for these errors. It is a multifaceted activity involving analysis of correct, partially correct and incorrect processes and thinking about possible remediating strategies. This paper reports on such an analysis of learner tests. The tests were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Error Patterns, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
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Mathews, Corin; Mdluli, Manono; Ramsingh, Valerie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The poor performance of South African learners on national and international benchmark tests in mathematics and literacy has prompted the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) to devise intervention strategies, one of which is the provision of workbooks for learners. This paper is based on a case study of six grade 3 teachers' use of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workbooks, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3
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Fritz, Annemarie; Balzer, Lars; Herholdt, Roelien; Ragpot, Lara; Ehlert, Antje – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This article presents the translation and adaptation process of a mathematics test for the acquisition of key mathematical (arithmetic) concepts by children from four to eight years of age. The origin of this test was in Germany, whence it was sourced by researchers at the University of Johannesburg. A conceptual model of hierarchical mathematics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Tests, Grade 1, Elementary School Mathematics
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Long, Caroline; Dunne, Tim – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
In this article we explore approaches to curriculum in the primary school in order to map and manage the omissions implicit in the current unfolding of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for mathematics. The focus of school-based research has been on curriculum coverage and cognitive depth. To address the challenges of teaching…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Curriculum Development, Mathematics Curriculum
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