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Naidoo, Sarojini – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has become an increasingly worrying phenomenon among adolescents and young adults. This study sought to address the paucity of data about the prevalence, nature, and functions of NSSI in the South African context. The Inventory of Statements about Self-harm and the Beck Depression Inventory-II were administered to…
Descriptors: Self Destructive Behavior, Injuries, Adolescents, Young Adults
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Grossen, Silke; Grobler, Adelene A.; Lacante, Marlies – South African Journal of Education, 2017
South Africa, like many developing countries, is heavily burdened by high dropout and unemployment rates and an undersupply of skilled workers. Grade retention is a common practice when learners do not meet the specific requirements--especially in countries with limited socio-economic resources. In South Africa, 52% of the learners are retained at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade Repetition, Academic Failure, Low Achievement
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Le Roux, Natalie; Sebolai, Kabelo – South African Journal of Education, 2017
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination in South Africa is a standardised assessment whose main function is to determine whether Grade 12 learners have mastered subject knowledge at the culmination of their secondary education. Alongside this, the National Benchmark Test Project (NBTP) was introduced to develop the National Benchmark…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Grade 12, Mathematics Tests, Mathematics Skills
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Koseoglu, Pinar; Efendioglu, Akin – South African Journal of Education, 2015
The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of multimedia-based biology teaching (Mbio) and teacher-centered biology (TCbio) instruction approaches on learners' biology achievements, as well as their views towards learning approaches. During the research process, an experimental design with two groups, TCbio (n = 22) and Mbio (n =…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Biology, Science Instruction, Control Groups
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Dodeen, Hamzeh M.; Abdelfattah, Faisal; Alshumrani, Saleh – South African Journal of Education, 2014
Test-taking skills are cognitive skills that enable students to undergo any test-taking situation in an appropriate manner. This study is aimed at assessing the relationship between students' test-taking skills and each of the following variables: motivation to learn mathematics; mathematics anxiety; attitudes towards mathematics; and attitudes…
Descriptors: Test Wiseness, Secondary School Students, Student Motivation, Student Attitudes
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Huysamer, C.; Lemmer, E. M. – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Hazing, associated with initiation, aims at taking newcomers from novice status to a status of functional and acknowledged members of a new group. However, the process is often dangerous, injurious, and usually secretive. Hazing may occur as an unauthorised component of institutionally sanctioned orientation programmes commonly held for new…
Descriptors: Males, Single Sex Schools, Secondary School Students, Grade 8
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Stols, Gerrit – South African Journal of Education, 2013
This study investigated the opportunity to learn (OTL) that is available to Grade 12 mathematics learners. Learner workbooks were analysed in terms of time on task, curriculum coverage, curriculum coherence, and cognitive demand. Based on these elements, experienced mathematics teachers judged the opportunity that the learners have to achieve more…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Grade 12, Mathematics Education, Secondary School Mathematics
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Brijlall, Deonarain; Ndlovu, Zanele – South African Journal of Education, 2013
This qualitative case study in a rural school in Umgungundlovu District in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, explored Grade 12 learners' mental constructions of mathematical knowledge during engagement with optimisation problems. Ten Grade 12 learners who do pure Mathemat-ics participated, and data were collected through structured activity sheets and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Problem Solving, Calculus
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Barnes, Kalie; Brynard, Susette; de Wet, Corene – South African Journal of Education, 2012
This article reports on research undertaken about the influence of school culture and school climate on violence at schools in the Eastern Cape. An adapted California School Climate and Survey-Short Form (CSCSS-SF), which was used as the data-collection instrument, was completed by 900 Grade 10 to 12 learners. With the assistance of Pearson's…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Environment, Violence, Influences
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Bansilal, Sarah; Naidoo, Jayaluxmi – South African Journal of Education, 2012
This article reports on a qualitative, interpretivist study that focused on the use of visualisation and analytic strategies by Grade 12 learners when working with problems based on transformation geometry. The research was conducted with 40 learners from a Grade 12 class at one high school in the north Durban area of Kwazulu-Natal. Participants…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Geometry, Grade 12, Foreign Countries
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Kriek, Jeanne; Stols, Gerrit – South African Journal of Education, 2010
In this pilot study, we sought to examine the influence of the beliefs of Grade 10 to 12 physical science teachers on their intended and actual usage of interactive simulations (Physics Education Technology, or PhET) in their classrooms. A combination of the Theory of Planned Behaviour, the Technology Acceptance Model and the Innovation Diffusion…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Simulation
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Edwards, Nazeem – South African Journal of Education, 2010
I report on an analysis of the alignment between the South African Grade 12 Physical Sciences core curriculum content and the exemplar papers of 2008, and the final examination papers of 2008 and 2009. A two-dimensional table was used for both the curriculum and the examination in order to calculate the Porter alignment index, which indicates the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 12, Physical Sciences, Science Instruction
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Kriek, Jeanne; Grayson, Diane – South African Journal of Education, 2009
The state of mathematics and science education in South Africa is a cause for concern. This situation can be attributed, in part, to many mathematics and science teachers' limited content knowledge, ineffective teaching approaches, and unprofessional attitudes. To address these three problem areas simultaneously, a holistic model for the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Teachers, Physical Sciences, Foreign Countries
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Mwakapenda, Willy – South African Journal of Education, 2008
I identify and discuss ways in which different types of connections are described in the South African mathematics National Curriculum Statement and its related documents, particularly at the Further Education and Training (FET) level. I argue that connections are central to the way the discipline of mathematics, its learning outcomes, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, Mathematical Concepts, Geometry
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Horn, Gideon – South African Journal of Education, 2006
The new political dispensation and socio-economic transformation in South Africa do not, unfortunately, guarantee jobs for those who wish to enter the labour market after school. Indications are that only between 5-7% of successful Grade 12 candidates in the country find employment in the formal sector. The problem of unemployment and ways to…
Descriptors: Grade 12, High School Seniors, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries
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