- The use of photographs in case study research: reflections and suggestions
- Video-based self-regulated learning strategies to attain metacognitive consonance: a hybrid model
- Charting a course: teaching citizenship education within the human and social sciences learning arena
- Knowledge management: an indispensable component of the strategic plan of South African universities
- Is qualitative research a meaningful term for describing the cross-fertilisation of ideas which characterises contemporary education research?
- The 16-PF as tool for the selection of educational psychologists (in Afrikaans)
- The attitudes of primary school teachers towards inclusive education
- Vital attributes for success in facilitators of telematic learning programmes: a forecasting model
- Accessing discursive and tacit practices in teacher education and classroom teaching
- Adolescents' views on termination of pregnancy
- The application possibility of computer-aided instruction (CAI) for milieu-deprived learners in mathematics in the senior primary phase (in Afrikaans)
- Co-operative learning in tertiary education: Teaching mapwork to Geography students
- A shift in the way female educators perceive intrinsic barriers to promotion
- The At-Risk Disk: differential identification of intellectual and specific learning disability by teacher-teams in regular schools
- Education and the Internet: perspectives and trends at South African universities
1. The use of photographs in case study research: reflections and suggestions
L le Grange
The diversity of classroom settings make them particularly relevant sites for photographic case study research of a praxiological nature. This article explores the value of photographs in case study research and illuminates its power to challenge the authority of quantitative indices and the written word.
2. Video-based self-regulated learning strategies to attain metacognitive consonance: a hybrid model
Amalgating the processes of video-based supplemental instruction (VSI) and self-regulated learning (SRL) results in the creation of video-based self-regulated learning (VBSRL). Outcomes-based education and an increase in the teacher-learner ratio require greater self-regulatory learner skills. This article contends that a hybrid model that combines class-based activities with VBSRL can be used effectively to enable learners who experience difficulties in mastering subject matter to excel and attain metacognitive consonance (the ability to reflect on own learning).
3. Charting a course: teaching citizenship education within the human and social sciences learning arena
Citizenship education has re-emerged as an important issue in Curriculum 2005. The purpose of this article is to analyse some key aspects of citizen education in order to provide answers to the following questions: What kind of citizenship education do we want? What are the essential components of successful citizenship education? How does one develop a senior phase outcomes-based citizenship education learning programme?
4. Knowledge management: an indispensable component of the strategic plan of South African universities
ASA du Toit
The strategic management of knowledge assets for competitive advantage in universities is discussed. The article presents a systematic approach that can be followed in order to improve the business value of the knowledge assets of the university. The management of knowledge should not be done in an ad hoc or isolated manner. It should be integrated into the other management activities in the university and linked to the strategic plan.
5. Is qualitative research a meaningful term for describing the cross-fertilisation of ideas which characterises contemporary education research?
L le Grange
The term qualitative has come to mean Athe other@ of quantitative. It is argued that the qualitative-quantitative binary is untenable at the level of research paradigm. The theoretical hegemony of positivism has been challenged both within the natural and social sciences, rendering the positivist-interpretivist (quantitative-qualitative) distinction indefensible. It is also pointed out that the term qualitative is inadequate a description for the unprecedented cross-fertilisation of ideas which characterise post-positivist enquiry.
6. The 16-PF as tool for the selection of educational psychologists (in Afrikaans)
AC Lessing & LJ Jacobs
Currently the selection of students for training as education psychologists occurs according to academic acceptability as well as an interview. The procedure is not norm-based. Research was conducted to determine whether the 16-PF personality questionnaire can be use as a selection tool. A personality profile for educational psychologists was developed and assessed by experts. On the basis of the identified personality factors, it was found that an objective assessment of a prospective student=s abilities can indeed be obtained by means of the 16-PF.
7. The attitudes of primary school teachers towards inclusive education
M Bothma, S Gravett & E Swart
In international literature it is reported that the attitudes of teachers play a primary role in the successful implementation of an inclusive educational policy. Two focus group interviews were conducted with primary school teachers. It emerged that the teachers had mainly negative attitudes towards inclusion. Providers of in-service education and training should assist teachers in developing more positive attitudes towards and knowledge of inclusive education.
8. Vital attributes for success in facilitators of telematic learning programmes: a forecasting model
CA Bisschoff, RA Lotriet & A Bisschoff
It is imperative that facilitators are developed and empowered to act as multi-skilled 21st century mentors for telematic learners. This article reports on research that constitutes a model for forecasting vital attributes in facilitators in a telematic learning system. Eight vital criteria were identified. The forecasting model can also be utilised to assess the potential of existing staff to act as facilitators.
9. Accessing discursive and tacit practices in teacher education and classroom teaching
This article emerges from a two-year longitudinal study which tracked a cohort of seven students through the mathematics method component of a university-based, full-time, one-year Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), and then as beginning secondary mathematics teachers into schools in the Western Cape. The article discusses briefly the structuring of teacher education discourse as a form of knowledge, appropriate forms of pedagogy associated with this, and appropriate ways for conducting research into teacher education and classroom teaching.
10. Adolescents= views on termination of pregnancy
MAJ Olivier, CPH Myburgh & M Poggenpoel
Debates regarding early termination of teenage pregnancy have always taken place, but even more so after the new law which legalises abortion in South Africa was implemented in 1997. The primary objective of the research was to determine what specific views adolescents have on termination of pregnancy during adolescence, in order to eventually describe needs of adolescents for equipment with the necessary life skills to handle difficult situations more effectively. Data were collected by means of focus group interviews.
11. The application possibility of computer-aided instruction (CAI) for milieu-deprived learners in mathematics in the senior primary phase (in Afrikaans)
JG Maree, HM Janse van Rensburg & JC Cronjé
The primary aim of this article is to describe how computer drills, tutorials, games and a spreadsheet can be used in teaching mathematics to milieu-deprived Grade 6 learners. Questionnaires were used to assess these learners= attitudes towards CAI whilst worksheets were used to assess the degree to which the learners benefited cognitively from a CAI approach. The results show that a CAI approach to learning facilitation in mathematics could provide certain benefits which may not be obtainable from the conventional teaching of milieu-deprived learners.
12. Co-operative learning in tertiary education: Teaching mapwork to Geography students
AT Tshibalo & S Schulze
Student achievement in the section of mapwork in Geography is generally poor. This study examined the possible effects of co-operative learning in mapwork on the tertiary level. An experimental research design indicated that students who had been involved in co-operative learning achieved significantly better than a control group who learnt mapwork by means of the lecture method. A questionnaire administered to the students in the experimental group indicated inter alia significant correlations between attitude towards co-operative learning and social support.
13. A shift in the way female educators perceive intrinsic barriers to promotion
I van Deventer & PC van der Westhuizen
This study focussed on the issue of under representation of female educators in educational management posts and their perception of intrinsic barriers to promotion. Recommendations ensuing from the study are that the principles of equality, equity and non-discrimination should be reinforced, the use of Aeducator@ instead of Ateacher@ be encouraged, and empirical research be carried out to establish the extent of extrinsic barriers to promotion.
14. The At-Risk Disk: differential identification of intellectual and specific learning disability by teacher-teams in regular schools
AC Bouwer & LD du Toit
Intellectual disability and specific learning disability are two forms of learning difficulty which have a high incidence in many schools. These two disabilities confuse many teachers and are often inadequately managed. The aim of the research was to develop an instrument, the At-Risk Disk, to assist non-specialist teachers in the Intermediary phase, especially those in under-resourced schools, in a step-by -step process of team-based differential identification of intellectual and specific learning disability.
15. Education and the Internet: perspectives and trends at South African universities
There is a world-wide swing towards distance education and particularly learning by means of the Internet. Hence the aims of this article are the following: To highlight advantages and problems of learning via the Internet; to elucidate the importance of instructional design for such education; to briefly illuminate relevant learning theories; and to describe research which was carried out to explore trends at selected South African universities with regard to Web-based courses. It was found that unfamiliarity with hardware and software inhibits many lecturers from getting started but this improves with support within a team approach. Recommendations on Web-based course development are given.