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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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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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Frantz, J. M. – South African Journal of Education, 2015
Peer-led health promotion strategies in schools have been found to be effective in promoting healthy behaviours amongst youth. This study aimed to evaluate the views of the peer educators in implementing a health education programme using a qualitative approach. Informal discussions and eight in-depth interviews were used to explore the views of…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Peer Teaching, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes
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Lundgren, Berit; Scheckle, Eileen; Zinn, Denise – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This article draws upon our experiences of participating in a Literacy Hub in South Africa. The aim is to describe and analyse how dialogue among Grade Eight teachers in a Literacy Hub around literacy teaching practices might lead to professional development and deepen teachers' understanding of literacy practices and teaching. Interviews and…
Descriptors: Literacy, Educational Practices, Faculty Development, Grade 8
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Guhan, Berna Canturk – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The aim of this study is to evaluate the reasoning skills in geometry-related subjects of six 8th Grade students. The study data were obtained at the end of the 2011-2012 spring period in a public elementary school. The study uses a case study with qualitative research techniques to investigate how students use reasoning skills. In this study, six…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills
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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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Bester, G.; Brand, L. – South African Journal of Education, 2013
The objective of this investigation was to determine the effect of technology on attention and achievement within a classroom context, taking motivation and concentration into account as well. Lessons in Geography, English and Mathematics were presented to an experimental and a control group consisting of 23 and 22 Grade 8 learners, respectively.…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Attention, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Taylor, Myra; Diamini, Nthabiseng; Khanyile, Zama; Mpanza, Lloyd; Sathiparsad, Reshma – South African Journal of Education, 2012
Can the use of a method such as role play help reduce sexual risk behaviour among KwaZulu-Natal learners? A study was undertaken of the use of role plays by Grade 8 learners, at eight urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal high schools, as part of a programme to reduce the prevalence of teenage pregnancy. Within the framework of Bandura's Social Cognitive…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Pregnancy, Pregnant Students, Sexuality
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Aldridge, Jill M.; Fraser, Barry J.; Laugksch, Rüdiger C. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
We report research into associations between the school-level and classroom-level environment in science classrooms in South Africa. An instrument, developed to assess students' perceptions of their classroom learning environment as a means of monitoring and guiding changes towards outcomes-based education, was administered to 2,638 Grade 8…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Science Education, Classroom Environment
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Geertsema, Salomé; Hyman, Charene; van Deventer, Chantelle – South African Journal of Education, 2011
SMS language is English language slang, used as a means of mobile phone text messaging. This practice may impact on the written language skills of learners at school. The main aim of this study was to determine the perspectives of Grade 8 and 9 English (as Home Language) educators in Gauteng regarding the possible influence of SMS language on…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Written Language, Telecommunications, Computer Mediated Communication
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Nyaumwe, Lovemore J.; Mtetwa, David K. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
This article describes phases of post-lesson reflective dialogues that were enacted by secondary school mathematics student teachers with their peers. Five pairs of student teachers on 12 weeks of teaching practice provided data through lesson assessments, post-lesson reflective dialogues, and end-of-teaching-practice reflective interviews. A…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Teachers, Theories
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Kazima, Mercy; Pillay, Vasen; Adler, Jill – South African Journal of Education, 2008
We report on two case studies in which we investigated mathematics for teaching. We were interested in the mathematical knowledge teachers need to know, and know how to use, in order to teach mathematics well. The two case studies focused on the teaching of probability in Grade 8 and the teaching of functions in Grade 10. We discuss the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Case Studies, Probability, Grade 8
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Mampane, Ruth; Bouwer, Cecilia – South African Journal of Education, 2006
The aim in this study was to develop a way of identifying resilient and non-resilient middle adolescents in a formerly black-only urban residential (township) school, in order to ultimately support the development of learners' resilience under stressful circumstances. A Resilience Scale was developed to screen for resilient and non-resilient…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Adolescents, Urban Schools, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Maree, Kobus; Aldous, Colleen; Hattingh, Annemarie; Swanepoel, Andre; van der Linde, Mike – South African Journal of Education, 2006
Eight hundred and ninety-nine (431 male, 467 female and one missing value) Grade 8 and 9 (n = 184 and 713, respectively, with two missing values) learners from secondary schools in Mpumalanga completed a science and mathematics questionnaire. Student's t tests showed that male and female, as well as language groups' scores, differed significantly.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Predictor Variables, Mathematics Achievement