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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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Schaefer, Maxine; Kotzé, Janeli – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Many South African children attend African language medium of instruction (MOI) schools, learn English as an additional language and switch to English MOI three years later. There is still much to be researched about how a child's first and second language literacy develops over time in South Africa. Aim: This study aims to outline the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, Elementary School Students
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Visser, Margaretha M.; Juan, Andrea L.; Hannan, Sylvia M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The acquired skill set prior to school entry has emerged as an important issue in research and policy internationally. Much evidence exists advocating the importance of early numeracy and literacy skills in later academic achievement and economic outcomes of students. Aim: The goal of this study was to determine the association between…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation
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Bezuidenhout, Hanrie S. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: This article presents the Afrikaans translation of an originally German diagnostic test for early number concept development. The process of 'importing' a test to South Africa by considering linguistic-, functional-, cultural and metric equivalence is outlined. A theoretical model describes five levels of young children's hierarchical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Diagnosis, Diagnostic Tests, Mathematics Tests
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Chansa-Kabali, Tamara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Inequalities on child cognitive outcomes exist as children enter the first grade. These differences are even wider for children in low-income families. This article aims to examine the extent to which home factors account for variation in early literacy outcomes in the first year of schooling. A total of 72 first graders and their parents from…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Low Income, Outcomes of Education
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Aunio, Pirjo; Mononen, Riika; Ragpot, Lara; Törmänen, Minna – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Early numeracy skills are highly relevant for children's mathematics learning at school, especially in the initial years when much mathematics learning relies on early numeracy competence. The aim of this study was to investigate the level of early numeracy skills in a sample of South African children in the first months of formal schooling. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills, Elementary School Students
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Mononen, Riikka; Aunio, Pirjo – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Background: It is important to provide early educational support for children having weak mathematical skills, in order to prevent possible later mathematical learning difficulties. Currently, there is a lack of research-based mathematical intervention programmes for teachers to use. Aim: This study investigated the impact of counting skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Computation, Low Achievement
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Wildschut, Zelda; Moodley, Trevor; Aronstam, Shelley – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Research has revealed that the academic performances of learners in South Africa are below the required level. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) launched the literacy and numeracy strategy 2006-2016 in response to the low literacy and numeracy levels. In addition, the WCED introduced the Grade 1 baseline assessment in 2006, as part of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Student Evaluation, Barriers
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Shaik, Naseema – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The focus of this paper is to examine teachers' beliefs about child participation in Grade R. Five Grade R teachers working with children between the ages of five and six participated in this study. Participants were interviewed about their epistemological beliefs on teaching and learning in Grade R and specifically the role of child participation…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
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Grossen, Bonnie; Muthukrishna, Nithi; Naidoo, Jaqueline T. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a text-based (TB) English structured language development programme and a teacher-designed standards-based (SB) English instructional model. The sample of this study comprised of 500 Samoan children, in Kindergarten (K) and Grade 1 (G1), on the island of American Samoa attending eight…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Kindergarten
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Ramrathan, Labby; Mzimela, Jabu – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The skill of reading is regarded as the cornerstone of literacy learning in the foundation phase. Although it is the most complex skill to master, it forms part of literacy teaching. Most learners begin schooling without having any kind of exposure to reading. This lack of exposure introduces a number of challenges, which are consequently…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Grade 1, Literacy, Case Studies
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Kanjee, Anil; Mthembu, Jane – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study explores foundation phase teachers' assessment literacy, and their understanding and use of formative and summative assessment. Using questionnaires, observations and interviews, data were obtained from Grade 1, 2 and 3 teachers from a school each in quintile 2, 3 and 5. Teachers from all three schools demonstrated equally low levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
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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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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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Bruwer, Marietjie; Hartell, Cycil; Steyn, Miemsie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
A significant number of young learners entering into Grade 1 in South Africa have not reached the required level of readiness for formal learning due to inadequate early learning experiences. As found in many studies worldwide, these learners are often traumatised because they cannot keep up with the pace and requirements of the formal learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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