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Naude, Mariana; Meier, Corinne – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Foundation phase teachers in South African schools follow a socio-constructivist approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics, which entails that learners experiment freely with concepts and are encouraged to communicate and share their thoughts and ideas. In an effort to understand the impact that the physical learning environment, such…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Physical Environment, Case Studies, Teaching Methods
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Weybright, Elizabeth H.; Caldwell, Linda L.; Xie, Hui; Wegner, Lisa; Smith, Edward A. – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Education is one of the strongest predictors of health worldwide. In South Africa, school dropout is a crisis where by Grade 12, only 52% of the age appropriate population remain enrolled. Survival analysis was used to identify the risk of dropping out of secondary school for male and female adolescents and examine the influence of substance use…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Predictor Variables, Predictive Measurement, Secondary School Students
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Benjamin, Louis – South African Journal of Education, 2016
Learners in South Africa lag behind in literacy and numeracy skills relative to their peers in other countries. This is ascribed to a lack of quality education in the preschool and Foundation Phases of schooling, and conditions related to poverty. The Basic Concepts Mediated Learning Programme (BCMLP) aims to promote the conceptual development of…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Concept Teaching
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Human, Anja; van der Walt, Marthie; Posthuma, Barbara – South African Journal of Education, 2015
Poor mathematics performance in schools is both a national and an international concern. Teachers ought to be equipped with relevant subject matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge as one way to address this problem. However, no mathematics knowledge and practice standards have as yet been defined for the preparation of Foundation Phase…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Mathematics Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Foreign Countries
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Jordaan, Heila – South African Journal of Education, 2011
This paper reports on part of the first phase of a longitudinal project investigating the development of academic language in English as the Language of Teaching and Learning (LoLT) by Foundation phase learners in two different educational contexts. In the first context, the learners were all English additional language (EAL) learners taught by…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Grade 1, Semantics, Longitudinal Studies
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Marais, Petro; Meier, Corinne – South African Journal of Education, 2010
Since the passage of legislation banning corporal punishment in South African schools, disruptive behaviour in schools has become an issue of national concern. Against this background a research project was undertaken in which the types and causes of disruptive behaviour occurring most frequently in the Foundation Phase of schooling were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Semi Structured Interviews