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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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van der Nest, Adri; Long, Caroline; Engelbrecht, Johann – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Although buoyed by the induction of a democratic government, and the high ideals of our constitution, the South African education system has in many ways not met the expectations of its people, in this case, the mathematics education community. With the birth of an expansive intended curriculum came the monitoring of the outcomes through systemic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Formative Evaluation, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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Molapo, Moyahabo Rodgers; Pillay, Venitha – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Since 2012, the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) comprise the new National Curriculum Statement currently implemented in South African schools. CAPS encapsulates a series of radical curriculum changes since the dawn of a new democratic dispensation in 1994. This study aims to understand how Grade Three educators in Limpopo, South…
Descriptors: Curriculum Implementation, Elementary School Curriculum, Politics of Education, Grade 3
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Atamturk, Nurdan; Atamturk, Hakan; Dimililer, Celen – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Addressing the perceptions and the preferences of the upper-secondary school students, teachers, parents and administrators of the native speaking (NS) and non-native speaking (NNS) English teachers as well as investigating the variables affecting these preferences and perceptions, this study explores whether or not the native speaker myth is…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, Preferences, Stakeholders, Secondary School Students
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Yildirim, Günseli; Özyilmaz Akamca, Güzin – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Learning ought to be supported by both in class activities and outdoor activities contributing to structuring knowledge. Outdoor activities allow children to actively participate and to learn by doing. Learning requires a lot of work and activities. These activities, which provide primary experiences, help children to change theoretical knowledge…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Learning Activities, Child Development, Preschool Children
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Kada, Vasiliki; Ravanis, Kostantinos – South African Journal of Education, 2016
This paper presents a study of how preschool-aged children go about creating and operating a simple electric circuit (wires, light bulb, and battery), and how they view the elements that comprise it, particularly how they view the role of the battery. The research involved 108 children aged between five and six, who were individually interviewed.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Science Instruction, Electronics, Equipment
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Korumaz, Mithat – South African Journal of Education, 2016
School principals fulfil unique and crucial roles, drawing on their respective experience to react to an increasing number of challenges. They must carry out their roles as school leaders within a context highly charged with emotion. The loneliness of principals at schools urgently requires investigation. Limited details can be found in current…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Elementary Schools, Professional Isolation
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Matorera, D.; Fraser, W. J. – South African Journal of Education, 2016
Business schools are globally often seen as structured, purpose-driven, multi-sector and multi-perspective organisations. This article is based on the response of a graduate school to an innovative industrial Quality Function Deployment-based model (QFD), which was to be adopted initially in a Master's degree programme for quality assurance…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Interviews, College Faculty
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Bhengu, Thamsanqa Thulani; Myende, Phumlani Erasmus – South African Journal of Education, 2016
This paper explores what, from school principals' perspectives, constitutes leadership for coping with and adapting to policy change within deprived school contexts. Using qualitative interpretive research, we drew from the practices of five principals that were purposively selected from a broader study, which focused on school principals'…
Descriptors: Principals, Coping, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Naicker, Suraiya R.; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2016
The continuous poor performance of South Africa's learners is detrimental to its developing economy. The need for education change prompted two universities to initiate a system-wide change strategy in a poorly performing school district. The leverage for change was leadership development, involving school principals and district officials. The…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Leadership Training, Change Strategies, Principals
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Naicker, Inbanathan; Grant, Carolyn; Pillay, Sivanandani – South African Journal of Education, 2016
There are many schools in developing countries which, despite the challenges they face, defy the odds and continue to perform at exceptionally high levels. We cast our gaze on one of these resilient schools in South Africa, and sought to learn about the leadership practices prevalent in this school and the enablements and constraints to the school…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Case Studies, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries
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Khoza, Simon Bheki – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This article presents a qualitative critical action research of six Grade 12 high school teachers who used Turnitin as part of their assessment processes. Turnitin submissions, one-on-one semi-structured interviews, observation and reflective activities were used for data production/generation. This article concluded that although Turnitin did not…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, High School Students, Action Research, Plagiarism
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Iyitoglu, Orhan; Aydin, Hasan – South African Journal of Education, 2015
This study relied on Sheorey and Mokhtari's (2001) metacognitive knowledge about reading strategies,which was influenced by a number of factors, including previous experiences, beliefs, culture-specific instructional practices and proficiency in a second language (L2). This study is thereby built on the premise that EFL readers' metacognitive…
Descriptors: Correlation, Multiple Intelligences, Statistical Analysis, Achievement Tests
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Meintjes, Aloe; Henrico, Alfred; Kroon, Japie – South African Journal of Education, 2015
The high unemployment rate in South Africa compels potential entrepreneurs to start their own businesses in order to survive. Often this is with little or no formal training or education in entrepreneurship. Since problem recognition and problem-solving are amongst the most crucial competencies required for a successful entrepreneurial career,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Curriculum, Business Education, Problem Solving, Competency Based Education
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Klapwijk, Nanda M. – South African Journal of Education, 2015
Comprehension is a critical part of the reading process, and yet learners continue to struggle with it and teachers continue to neglect it in their teaching. Many reasons exist for the lack of focus on reading comprehension instruction, but for the most part, teachers simply do not seem to view comprehension as part of the reading process, are not…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Teaching Guides
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