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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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Nyamukapa, Hilton – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Cash transfer based social protection can potentially contribute positively upon targeted beneficiaries on a variety of developmental aspects. This study explored the pilot and scaled-up phases of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer program to determine impacts towards improving under-eight children's access to food, education, and health…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Foreign Countries, Access to Education
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Okwany, Auma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Despite major steps towards providing early childhood care and education (ECCE) services in Kenya and Uganda, access to responsive services is still out of reach for many young children, and where available, they are often out of touch with local realities. In this paper, I trouble the universalising and totalising tendencies of the dominant…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Barriers
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Muller, Carlien; Kritzinger, Aletta; Pottas, Lidia; Bodenstein, Lovina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
There is a need to dynamically monitor progress of functional auditory performance in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Functional Auditory Performance Indicators (FAPI) is a monitoring tool for children with hearing loss but has not yet been described in children with ASD. The aim was to describe the overall performance of…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Young Children, Auditory Perception
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Munene, Aurelia; Okwany, Auma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Holistic integrated early childhood policies foster child well-being in the first 3 years of life. The normative framing of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) entrenches segmentation and creates artificial divides between education and health. This segmentation persists yet development processes for children are intertwined and mutually…
Descriptors: Well Being, Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Child Health
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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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van Wyk, Chris – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This paper provides an overview of the various data sets pertaining to education in South Africa that are informing or could inform policy making in education. The paper serves as an inventory for anyone interested in understanding what data is available, how it may be accessed, what the quality of the data is, and in what formats it may be…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Decision Making, Data Analysis
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Ogunyemi, Florence T.; Ragpot, Lara – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The work reviews the ongoing controversy over work and play within the framework of a constructivist early childhood curriculum. Educators and parents with narrow perception of play view it as mere physical actions of walking, clapping and singing outside class work. However, educators who hold a constructivist epistemological view of child play…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Play, Constructivism (Learning)
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Nislin, Mari A.; Paananen, Maiju; Repo, Laura; Sajaniemi, Nina; Sims, Margaret – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The aim is to investigate the links between job satisfaction of Finnish early childhood professionals (ECPs) and the appreciation they receive for their work, and how these are associated with their competence to work with children with diverse needs and backgrounds. Data was collected via nationwide online survey for practitioners (n = 885)…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Special Needs Students, Professional Identity, Inservice Teacher 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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Wills, Gabrielle – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
In the past decade there has been a notable shift in South African education policy that raises the value of school leadership as a lever for learning improvements. Despite a growing discourse on school leadership, there has been a lack of empirical based evidence on principals to inform, validate or debate the efficacy of proposed policies in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Educational Policy, Administrator Effectiveness
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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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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 Biljon, Sumari; Kritzinger, Alta; Geertsema, Salomé – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Limited research has been published about the demographic characteristics of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in South Africa. Describing the profiles of learners from a school for children with ASD may contribute to local knowledge in the field. A retrospective comparative design was utilised to compare the demographic characteristics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Clinical Diagnosis
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Brown, Bruce; Wilmot, Di; Ash, Margie Paton – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The study reported in this article responds to the need for empirical studies that provide evidence of positive change in education at the micro-level of the classroom -- an important component of the complex education environment in South Africa. This article describes teachers' and principals' reports of micro-level changes that occurred during…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Reflective Teaching, Mentors
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