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Gachago, Daniela; Condy, Janet; Ivala, Eunice; Chigona, Agnes – South African Journal of Education, 2014
Although becoming a more racially-integrated society, the legacy of Apartheid still affects learners' social engagements in and outside their classrooms. Adopting Nussbaum's (2010) capabilities framework for a socially just democracy, this paper examines 27 pre-service teacher education students' perceptions of a digital storytelling project and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Story Telling, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Chigona, Agnes; Chigona, Wallace; Davids, Zane – South African Journal of Education, 2014
This paper investigates factors that motivate educators to use Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in schools in disadvantaged areas. The study employed Herzberg' Motivation-Hygiene theory to guide the process of understanding the factors that motivate or demotivate educators when using the technology for teaching and learning.…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Educational Technology, Qualitative Research, Disadvantaged
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Green, Lena; Condy, Janet; Chigona, Agnes – South African Journal of Education, 2012
We argue that the "community of inquiry" approach, using reading materials modelled on Lipman's Philosophy for Children programme, is a theoretically justified and teacher-friendly means of promoting effective thinking skills. The stimulus materials, used by the pre-service teachers, consist of short stories of classroom life designed to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Inquiry, Communities of Practice, Thinking Skills
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Condy, Janet; Chigona, Agnes; Chetty, Rajendra; Thornhill, Christa – South African Journal of Education, 2010
Our purpose was to see if THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) is a programme that should be taught to Foundation Phase (FP) and Intermediate/Senior Phases (ISP) pre-service teachers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The term "literacy" is defined as an evolving, developing and complex concept,…
Descriptors: College Seniors, Student Teacher Attitudes, Handwriting, Reading Skills
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Chigona, Agnes; Chetty, Rajendra – South African Journal of Education, 2008
While many girls who become mothers before completing schooling consider academic qualifications to be very important, they may not be able to succeed academically if the support they need to complete their studies is insufficient. Usually, instead of getting support, the teen mothers endure misunderstandings and pressure. The teen mothers may…
Descriptors: Mothers, Pregnant Students, Qualitative Research, Student Surveys