Perspectives in Education

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, March

A Model for Assessment: Integrating External Monitoring with Classroom-Based Practice
IntroductionThe aim of assessment has altered over the centuries from being an instrument only of discrimination and selection to being the means of supporting the potential development of all learners (Gipps, 1994; Black, 1998). The philosophy underpinning...
An Exploration of the Common Content Knowledge of High School Mathematics Teachers
IntroductionIn South Africa, many studies suggest that mathematics teachers struggle with the content that they teach. I n fact, studies point to the teachers' poor content knowledge as one of the reasons for South African learners' poor results in both...
A Rasch Analysis to Determine the Difficulty of the National Senior Certificate Mathematics Examination
IntroductionLarge-scale studies, including examinations, tests and questionnaires have been used for data collection for research and, in the case of examinations, teachers use the results of the analysis to guide their teaching (Edwards & Alcock,...
Constantly Weighing the Pig1 Will Not Make It Grow: Do Teachers Teach Assessment Tests or the Curriculum?
IntroductionResults of the ANA tests written in February 2011 confirm that learners in South African school underperform with regard to their literacy and numeracy. The ANA2 represents one of the most important interventions by the government to enhance...
Language, Literacy, and the Needs of the Multilingual Child
Standards in South Africa and the United StatesIn many countries, South Africa and the US among them, the default approach to improving educational outcomes for all children and to reducing gaps in academic achievement associated with language background,...
Mapping Socio-Economic Status, Geographical Location and Matriculation Pass Rates in Gauteng, South Africa
IntroductionPrior to 1994, South African children in school usually attended a neighbourhood one, close to where they lived. But, as apartheid laws restricted where people could live by their race, school enrolment was effectively both racially and geographically...
Questioning the Validity of Inquiry Assessment in a High Stakes Physical Sciences Examination
IntroductionSchool science curriculum reform in South Africa and other countries throughout the world has focused largely on practical work. Traditionally, practical work, if it did take place, was either in the form of teacher demonstrations or it embodied...
Reviewing the Language Compensation Policy in the National Senior Certificate
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThe National Senior Certificate (NSC) or "matric" examination is widely regarded by South Africans as the all-important school-leaving examination. Apart from the pressure on schools and government...
Setting Standards and Primary School Teachers' Experiences of the Process
IntroductionStandards in education and the process of generating such standards fulfil critical functions within the education system and are essential in the discussion on what constitutes quality education. At the heart of the educational quality debate...
Standards and Standard Setting and the Post School Curriculum
IntroductionThe Higher Education and Training Department's recent Green Paper proposes an ambitious plan for expanding post school education and training by 2030. In combining this overall expansion with the proposal that much of this expansion will...
Standards in Education and Training: The Challenge
Standards in education and training: The challengeThe articles in this Special Issue of Perspectives in Education were originally presented as papers at a conference held by Umalusi in May 2012 on the theme Standards in education and training: The challenge....
Supporting Transition or Playing Catch-Up in Grade 4? Implications for Standards in Education and Training
Introduction'Our kids are struggling. Please can you help us help them?' These words were spoken in 2009 by the principal of a primary school in a Gauteng township who asked for literacy support to be given to the Grade 4 learners and teachers at the...
Teachers' Conceptions of Standards in South African Basic Education and Training: A Case Study
Introduction and backgroundIn South Africa, the Department of Basic Education (DBE), formerly known as the Department of Education (DoE), is responsible for the General Education and Training (GET) and Further Education and Training (FET) sectors. The...
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