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Fitzpatrick, Caroline – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This study investigated how different profiles of kindergarten readiness in terms of student intellectual ability, academic skills and classroom engagement relate to future academic performance. Participants are French-Canadian children followed in the context of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (N = 670). Trained examiners…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Cognitive Ability, Academic Ability
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Petersen, Nadine; Petker, Gadija – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article reports on students' experiences of learning to work together in a childhood teacher education programme at a university in South Africa. We were interested in how students from diverse backgrounds, with little shared understanding of a model or framework for collaborative working, would find their footing and learn how to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Service Learning, Cooperative Learning, Communities of Practice
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Nel, Anca; Joubert, Ina; Hartell, Cycil – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This qualitative study makes recommendations to help teachers understand how an outdoor learning environment could be designed and used to enrich perceptual development through sensory and motor stimulation for the Grade R learner. This was done by establishing design principles that create better teaching and learning environments from the…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Outdoor Education, Motor Development, Sensory Experience
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Aubrey, Carol – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article seeks to examine critically South African early child development (ECD) in order to uncover some of the challenges that lie ahead in creating a more equitable future for its youngest children. An investigation of play and learning within varied ECD contexts, using observation and interview, is presented. The social constructionist…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Childhood Attitudes
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de Jager, Petronella; Condy, Janet – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
In South Africa, many learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) attend mainstream and private schools. This study explores the influence of executive function (EF) challenges experienced by one learner with ASD on his behavioural adaptation in an inclusive school environment. An interpretive case study approach was followed to help understand…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Educational Environment
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Bansilal, Sarah – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
The introduction of the Annual National Assessment (ANA) programme by the South African education department was met with much resistance from unions with some stating that it is not matched well to the curriculum. In this small-scale study, I compare the differences in outcomes between the internal summative assessment and the ANA for Grade 9…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 9, Secondary School Mathematics
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Fleisch, Brahm; Pather, Kamala; Motilal, Geeta – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
There is growing evidence of systematic underachievement of South African primary school learners in reading in English as the first additional language. There is a small but growing literature that provides insights, that is, causes, patterns and prevalence, into this phenomenon. Through a secondary analysis of a spelling component of a literacy…
Descriptors: Spelling, Error Patterns, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Robinson, Lucy; Diale, Boitumelo – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Background: The shift in recent years towards the lifespan concept of career development, which views career behaviour as occurring in stages beginning in childhood and continuing throughout life, has meant that it has become increasingly important to assist learners in fulfilling their career goals. There is, however, a scarcity of research on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Occupational Aspiration
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Gravett, Sarah; Ramsaroop, Sarita – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This study emanated from the "Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development in South Africa." This Framework proposes that teaching schools should be established in the country to improve the teaching practicum component of pre-service teacher education. A generic qualitative study was undertaken to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Practices
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van Eeden, René; van Vuuren, Jacqueline – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Background: Many South African learners seem unprepared for formal education, and a need for intervention during early childhood has been identified. Aim: The present study explored the effect of infant exposure to an early childhood development programme aimed at the sensory developmental stage of the infant's brain. Setting: Participants were…
Descriptors: Infants, Cognitive Processes, Intervention, Early Childhood Education
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Gxekwa, Nozuko; Satyo, Nomsa – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
Literature helps us understand and make sense of the world around us. It is a part of education, which broadens one's mind about how to understand, transfer knowledge and provide meaningful and authentic learning. Thus, this article aims to highlight how some elements of isiXhosa children's poetry can be used to help pre-service teachers to teach…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, Poetry
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Brink, Sonja – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Early childhood curriculum development is challenged by the vast contextual variability of sites in South Africa. In this article, the author reports on the implementation of an early childhood development programme at an informal rural settlement community by an external societal agent. The article looks at the complex dynamics at play within…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation
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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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Hoadley, Ursula; Galant, Jaamia – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Since 2011, the Department of Basic Education (DBE), has provided all Grade 1 to 6 learners in public schools with literacy/language, numeracy/mathematics and life skills workbooks. This study provides an assessment of the purpose to which the workbooks are best suited by analysing the Grade 3 Mathematics and Home Language English workbooks for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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