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Fonseca, Kathleen; Petersen, Nadine – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study reports on an intervention that was aimed at improving the content knowledge of first-year intermediate-phase education students at a South African university. The study gives some insight into preservice teachers' perceptions of an online programme for the development of mathematics common content knowledge for teachers of mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators
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Cloete, Erna; Delport, Aletta – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The contribution of music education to the holistic development of the young learner is uncontested. However, in South Africa, the vast majority of Reception Year (Grade R) teachers do not have the required competences to teach music in ways that optimally enhance the holistic growth of their learners, as this aspect has been largely neglected…
Descriptors: Music Education, Holistic Approach, Foreign Countries, Participatory Research
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Aronstam, Shelley; Braund, Martin – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The study explores the role of play in Grade R classrooms in the Cape Peninsula. The focus is on perceptions of teachers from differing backgrounds regarding how play is supported and utilised in the classroom. Theories of childhood play as propounded by Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky provide the theoretical background to our understanding of child…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods
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Oosthuizen, Helena; Klop, Daleen; Visser, Monique – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
Speech-language therapists (SLTs) in South Africa are increasingly considering alternative models of service delivery to children at risk for language and literacy development delays. A transprofessional model of collaboration allows SLTs and teachers to share responsibility for primary prevention of literacy difficulties. Previous research has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Speech Language Pathology, Delivery Systems, Professional Personnel
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Naidoo, Parvathy; Petersen, Nadine – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
This study set out to explore primary school principals' instructional leadership. The study addressed a key issue in the school improvement literature, pertaining to the curriculum leadership of principals. The literature is not entirely clear about which leadership characteristic is more likely to produce the most favourable outcomes in terms of…
Descriptors: Principals, Elementary Schools, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training
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Bertram, Carol; Christiansen, Iben; Mukeredzi, Tabitha – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2015
The purpose of this paper is to engage with the complexities of describing teachers' professional knowledge and eventually also their learning through written tests. The bigger research aim is to describe what knowledge foundation phase teachers acquired during their two years of study towards the Advanced Certificate of Teaching (ACT). We…
Descriptors: Knowledge Base for Teaching, Literacy, African Languages, Misconceptions
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Mashiya, Nontokozo – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This paper reports on a case study of male foundation phase pre-service students who were among the first cohort to specialise in the foundation phase since the inception of the programme at one South African university. The students reported on their experiences of teaching in a female-dominated field and their views about their preparedness to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Males, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Nieuwenhuizen, Elaney; Eloff, Irma; Moen, Melanie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The purpose of the study was to explore the transitions of two individuals within a twinship from Grade R through to Grade 2, and to offer an in-depth description of their transition experiences and perspectives. The transitions were investigated with a focus on variables such as stress, stressors, emotions, coping and life skills. The inquiry was…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, Elementary School Students, Case Studies
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Nomlomo, Vuyokazi; Desai, Zubeida – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa to strengthen foundation phase teaching has resulted in the development of new foundation phase (Grades R--3) programmes at institutions that did not previously offer them. In this article we reflect on the conceptualisation and development of a pre-service…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Curriculum Design
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Sibanda, Lucy – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This paper, deriving from a larger study, evaluates the readability of two Grade 4 natural sciences textbooks used by learners who speak English as an additional language in two South African schools. The study is set within the context of the reading-related transitional challenges faced by English second language learners when they move from the…
Descriptors: Readability, Grade 4, Natural Sciences, Foreign Countries
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Joseph, Michael; Ramani, Esther; Tlowane, Mapelo; Mashatole, Abram – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
The extensive empirical research inspired by Piaget and Vygotsky's theories of make-believe play has been criticised for restricting data to Western, urban, middle-class children. We seek to redress this bias by researching the traditional black South African Pedi children's game Masekitlana. Our data relies on embodied memories enacted by Mapelo…
Descriptors: Play, Criticism, Ethnography, Blacks
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Kok, Lyn; van Schoor, Rika – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
Teacher education for South African foundation phase education requires student teachers to be prepared for teaching science concepts in an integrated programme in a learning area known as life skills. This study examined the challenges faced by university teachers of foundation phase student teachers in the development of science modules/…
Descriptors: Science and Society, College Faculty, Science Instruction, National Curriculum
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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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Petker, Gadija; Petersen, Nadine – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This paper reports on the implementation of a model that infuses service-learning into a four-year foundation phase teacher education programme. We argue for an integrated curriculum design utilising specifically the teaching (laboratory) school of the faculty, not only for clinical experience or work-integrated learning, but also for…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Service Learning, Foreign Countries, Teacher Qualifications
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Luneta, Kakoma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2014
This study is about student teachers' conceptual understanding of shapes. While the National Curriculum Statement stipulates that by the time learners exit high school they should have grounded knowledge of basic geometry and know shapes such as polygons and polyhedrons and their properties, this study finds that the majority of student teachers…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, National Curriculum
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