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Wilmot, Dianne; Schäfer, Jean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This article addresses the need for research in the areas of Grade R curriculum and pedagogy, Grade R teacher professional development, and early years mathematics teaching. More specifically, it responds to the need for teacher professional development in Grade R mathematics teaching of the geometric concepts of space and shape. The article…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Visual Arts, Mathematics Instruction
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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: Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Principals
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Newman, Linda; Obed, Loveth – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Many scholars and researchers now have a broadened vision of literacy that encompasses the social practices that surround literacy learning. What accompanies this vision is a shift towards thinking that children, and their families, can contribute actively to literacy learning by drawing on their strengths and life experiences to create and draw…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
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Wium, Anna-Marie; Louw, Brenda – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This critical review addresses the implications of the Curriculum and Assessment Plan Statement (CAPS) for collaboration between teachers and speech-language therapists (SLTs) in schools. A historical perspective on changes in the roles and responsibilities of SLTs is provided, reflecting a shift from supporting the child to supporting the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Allied Health Personnel, Speech Language Pathology
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Cockcroft, Kate – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Working memory is the mental ability to temporarily store and manipulate information. Its functioning is distinct from the vast storage capacity of long-term memory and is crucial for optimal learning and development. There is considerable research on several theoretical aspects of working memory. Far less research has explored the application of…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Cognitive Measurement
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van Rensburg, Ona Janse – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Grade R is the year before learners in South Africa start formal schooling and has been part of the General Education Training Band (GET) since 1998. New efforts are being made to enable all five- to six-year-olds to attend a Grade R class. The nine provinces of South Africa approach this problem in different ways. Some of them, like Gauteng, try…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Readiness, Kindergarten, Young Children
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Kotzé, Janeli – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Investment in early childhood development (ECD) has the prospect of cultivating potential within individuals and can assist in bridging the social equity gap from a very young age. Over the past decade Grade R has been the strongest policy lever used by the Department of Basic Education to improve early learning. The National Development Plan…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Social Justice
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Draper, Kim; Spaull, Nic – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The ability to read for meaning and pleasure is arguably the most important skill children learn in primary school. One integral component of learning to read is oral reading fluency (ORF), defined as the ability to read text quickly, accurately, and with meaningful expression. Although widely acknowledged in the literature as important, to date…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Grade 5
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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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Geduld, Deidre C. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
As a Foundation Phase (FP) and inclusive education (IE) lecturer I am responsible for preparing teacher education students for the diversity in classrooms in low socio-economic environments, where teachers have very little professional help in the form of health professionals and remedial and support teachers. This qualitative study explored how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Inclusion, Student Diversity
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Streit, Christine; David, Christine K.; Hildebrandt, Elke – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The intended convergence of preschool and school education in accordance with educational policy is challenging. Firstly, one must become aware of the different institutional cultures, and secondly, one needs to be aware of existing similarities and develop common didactic ideas. This article presents a model, based on the situation in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Teaching Methods
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Naude, Francois – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study aimed at finding out how young children express their thinking about some of the themes in the early-grades school science curriculum. Foundation-phase children at a primary school in Soweto, Johannesburg, were interviewed after they had watched classroom demonstrations of the production of carbon dioxide gas, absorption of water and…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry
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van Tonder, Jessica; Woite, Nadia; Strydom, Suzaan; Mahomed, Faheema; Swanepoel, De Wet – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study explored the effect of visual feedback on classroom noise levels, using a SoundEar II device that monitors noise levels in real time with feedback on intensity levels using a lighting system. During phase one, noise levels from three classrooms in the same school were measured over 36 h of classroom activities. For phase two, six…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Acoustics, Classroom Environment, Visual Aids
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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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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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