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Hill, Jillian; Draper, Catherine E.; De Villiers, Anniza; Fourie, Jean M.; Mohamed, Suraya; Parker, Whadi-ah; Steyn, Nelia – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This study explores the feasibility of implementing the curriculum and action-planning components of the HealthKick (HK) intervention in eight low-resourced schools in the Western Cape, South Africa. Process evaluation comprising workshops and personal interactions with teachers and principals were followed up with semi-structured interviews and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Promotion, Life Style, Program Effectiveness
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Scott, Duncan; Cooper, Adam; Swartz, Sharlene – South African Journal of Education, 2014
This paper presents findings of four Grade 6 teachers' involvement as facilitators of a participatory action research (PAR) project conducted in three South African primary schools. Based on the results of Phase One research which indicated that Grade 6s learn about sexuality, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Sex Education
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Fleisch, Brahm; Taylor, Nick; Herholdt, Roelien; Sapire, Ingrid – South African Journal of Education, 2011
Can providing learner support materials, particularly custom-designed workbooks, improve primary mathematics achievement more cost effectively than providing conventional textbooks? To contribute to this debate, this paper reports on the findings of a study conducted in 2010 by a consortium of educational researchers at JET Education Services and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Randomized Controlled Trials
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Stears, Michèle; Gopal, Nirmala – South African Journal of Education, 2010
The knowledge children bring to the classroom or construct in the classroom may find expression in a variety of activities and is often not measurable with the traditional assessment instruments used in science classrooms. Different approaches to assessment are required to accommodate the various ways in which learners construct knowledge in…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary School Science, Grade 6, Learning
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Botes, Hendrik; Mji, Andile – South African Journal of Education, 2010
Language and education are interrelated because all teaching is given through the medium of language. Language is considered to be both a precondition for thought and a bearer of thought and therefore influences the extent to which a child's intelligence is actualised. In the South African context linguistic diversity is a complex issue. It has…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Mathematics Instruction, English (Second Language), Quasiexperimental Design
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Aldridge, Jill; Fraser, Barry; Ntuli, Sipho – South African Journal of Education, 2009
We examined the viability of using feedback from a learning environment instrument to guide improvements in the teaching practices of in-service teachers undertaking a distance-education programme. The 31 teachers involved administered a primary school version of the What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC-Primary) questionnaire to their 1,077…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Questionnaires
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Herold, Marina; Alant, Erna; Bornman, Juan – South African Journal of Education, 2008
Children with spelling difficulties are limited in their participation in all written school activities. We aimed to investigate the influence of word-prediction as a tool on spelling accuracy and typing speed. To this end, we selected 80 Grade 4-6 children with spelling difficulties in a school for special needs to participate in a research…
Descriptors: Keyboarding (Data Entry), Spelling, Accuracy, Special Needs Students