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Ace Maths Unit 6: Teaching All Children Mathematics. Reading 1: Guidelines for Inclusive Learning Programmes
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This unit explores the implications of the fundamental assumption in this module ...

This unit explores the implications of the fundamental assumption in this module ې that ALL children can learn mathematics, whatever their background or language or sex, and regardless of learning disabilities they may have. It gives practical guidance on how teachers can adapt their lessons according to the specific needs of their learners.

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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Creating People Centred Schools: Section 1.  Introducing the module
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This introduction provides a rationale for the module, as well as its ...

This introduction provides a rationale for the module, as well as its structure and content. We read how the writers intended the module to be used.

Subject:
Business and Communication
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Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Avery, Neil
Bertram, Carol
Butler, Dawn
Gultig, John
Mthiyane, Nonhlanhla
Ndhlovu, Themba
Learners and Learning: Section 1, About this module
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This covers the writers' understanding of learning and how this informs the ...

This covers the writers' understanding of learning and how this informs the learning guide. It also explains how the writers intended the module to be studied. Learners and Learning aims to develop your understanding of learning. It seeks to assist you, as a teacher, to be able to analyse learning, and in so doing, to reflect on what you can do to improve it. We have divided the module into six sections. This first section: introduces the module; discusses how we'd like you to study; explains how we understand learning; begins to explore, at a simple level, how learning is initiated.

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Textbook
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Bradbury, Jil
Gultig, John
Moll, Ian
Tshule, Maggie
Van Voore, Merlyn, Slonimsky, Lynne
Winkler, Gisela
Ace Maths: Solutions Unit 1 - Exploring What It Means to 'Do' Mathematics  (PDF)
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The solutions unit consists of the following: General points for discussion relating ...

The solutions unit consists of the following: General points for discussion relating to the teaching of the mathematical content in the activities. Step-by-step mathematical solutions to the activities. Annotations to the solutions to assist teachers in their understanding the maths as well as teaching issues relating to the mathematical content represented in the activities.. Suggestions of links to alternative activities for the teaching of the mathematical content represented in the activities.

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Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 1 - How responsive are schools to the socio-economic challenges in South Africa today?
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The purpose of this toolkit is to understand what threatens the quality ...

The purpose of this toolkit is to understand what threatens the quality of education in your school so that you can take informed action to remedy the situation.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Ace Maths Unit 1: Exploring What It Means to 'Do' Mathematics (PDF)
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This unit gives a historical background to mathematics education in South Africa, ...

This unit gives a historical background to mathematics education in South Africa, to outcomes-based education and to the national curriculum statement for mathematics. The traditional approach to teaching mathematics is then contrasted with an approach to teaching mathematics that focuses on íîdoing mathematics, and mathematics as a science of pattern and order, in which learners actively explore mathematical ideas in a conducive classroom environment.

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Textbook
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Sapire, Ingrid
Welch, Tessa
Being a Teacher: Section 1 -  Introducing the module
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Being a Teacher: Professional Challenges and Choices. This section argues the case ...

Being a Teacher: Professional Challenges and Choices. This section argues the case for studying what 'being a teacher' means in relation to national needs and those of individual learners, and explains how the writers intended the module to be tackled. This module sets out to address each of these issues in ways that will enable you to teach with greater confidence based on deeper understanding. We have also attempted, in Sections Four to Seven, to link this understanding to practical approaches and strategies for teachers.

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Case Study
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Ace Maths: Solutions Unit 1 - Exploring What It Means to 'Do' Mathematics  (Word)
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The solutions unit consists of the following: General points for discussion relating ...

The solutions unit consists of the following: General points for discussion relating to the teaching of the mathematical content in the activities. Step-by-step mathematical solutions to the activities. Annotations to the solutions to assist teachers in their understanding the maths as well as teaching issues relating to the mathematical content represented in the activities. Suggestions of links to alternative activities for the teaching of the mathematical content represented in the activities.

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Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Being a Teacher: Part 1
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This video forms part of the Being a Teacher study pack of ...

This video forms part of the Being a Teacher study pack of Saide's education series. It reflects on student teachers' and other teachers' doubts and concerns about the status of teaching; and secondly gets the viewpoint of two celebrities on what good teachers meant for them.

Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Adendorff, Mike
Faragher, Lynette
Gultig, John
Kunene, Zandile
Mason, Mark
Mondiba, Maropeng
Mathematics for Primary School Teachers. Unit 1: Space and Shape
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Mathematics for Primary School Teachers has been digitally published by Saide, with ...

Mathematics for Primary School Teachers has been digitally published by Saide, with the Wits School of Education. It is a revised version of a course originally written for the Bureau for In-service Teacher Development (Bited) at the then Johannesburg College of Education (now Wits School of Education). The course is for primary school teachers (Foundation and Intermediate Phase) and consists of six content units on the topics of geometry, numeration, operations, fractions, statistics and measurement. Though they do not cover the entire curriculum, the six units cover content from all five mathematics content areas represented in the curriculum. This unit presents an analytical approach to the study of shapes, including the make-up of shapes, commonalities and differences between shapes and a notation for the naming of shapes.

Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Sapire, Ingrid
Household Food Security: Module 1: Introduction to Household Food Security
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In this module we will introduce you to concepts such as food ...

In this module we will introduce you to concepts such as food security, food insecurity, nutrition security, livelihood security, food policies and programmes and the role of stakeholders and facilitators. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to gather information on many different levels, from the macro to the micro level. You will also, in time, become equipped to analyse community and household needs, understand the implications of policies and strategies for communities and households. You will eventually be able to report on the community situation regarding food insecurity and related issues and to advocate and request assistance for intervention.

Subject:
Nutrition
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
FM Ferreira
Ace Maths Unit 1: Exploring What It Means to 'Do' Mathematics (Word)
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This unit gives a historical background to mathematics education in South Africa, ...

This unit gives a historical background to mathematics education in South Africa, to outcomes-based education and to the national curriculum statement for mathematics. The traditional approach to teaching mathematics is then contrasted with an approach to teaching mathematics that focuses on 'doing' mathematics, and mathematics as a science of pattern and order, in which learners actively explore mathematical ideas in a conducive classroom environment.

Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Sapire, Ingrid
Welch, Tessa
Being a Teacher: Reading 10. Study of Effective Schools - Summary of Major Findings
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Reading 10 is a brief extract from a report in which researchers ...

Reading 10 is a brief extract from a report in which researchers Christie and Potterton describe the key factors that they found in those South African schools that demonstrated resilience in the face of difficulties. This excerpt focuses on only one of these factors: a shared sense of responsibility on the part of the teachers on the staff -- a moral responsibility that goes beyond accountability and prevents teachers from seeing themselves as victims, or as helpless (both of these selfimages are hostile to the idea of teachers as professionals).

Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Christie, Pam
Potterton, Mark
Being a Teacher: Reading 11. Authority, Responsibility, and Democracy in Creating Climates for Learning
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Possibly the most significant professional choice that teachers make (consciously or unconsciously) ...

Possibly the most significant professional choice that teachers make (consciously or unconsciously) relates to how they see their responsibilities as people in authority. In this note, originally written for a University of the Western Cape study guide, Professor Morrow tries to help teachers understand this authority role. In order to do so, he introduces a number of significant distinctions. Some of the most important of these distinctions are those between power and authority (that is, legitimate, democratic authority); between political authority and educational authority; and between control and discipline.

Material Type:
Reading
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Morrow, Wally
Being a Teacher: Reading 12. Spoil the Rod, Spare the Child
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Teachers often confuse authority with power, to use the distinction made at ...

Teachers often confuse authority with power, to use the distinction made at the beginning of Reading 11. Probably the most common means of wielding power (for teachers) has been the use of corporal punishment. The following extract was taken from a two-part article in The Educator's Voice, published by SADTU. Vally briefly analyses some of the reasons for the popularity of corporal punishment among teachers in South Africa. Corporal punishment is of course now illegal in South Africa (as it is in many countries). However, it still has many supporters among teachers and parents. Vally goes on to summarize a number of different research findings that indicate that corporal punishment has few, if any, educational advantages. Even if you feel inclined to question the research, the question remains: should professional teachers advocate a practice upon which so much doubt has been cast?

Material Type:
Reading
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Vally, Salim
Being a Teacher: Reading 14. Dead Certainties: A Post-Modern World
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In this edited extract, Andy Hargreaves explains how the momentous changes in ...

In this edited extract, Andy Hargreaves explains how the momentous changes in the world in the last few decades have also changed the way we think. The author talks about a 'modern' world and a 'post-modern' world. What does he mean by these terms?

Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Hargreaves, Andy
Being a Teacher: Reading 15. Outcomes-based Education in the Context of Three Kinds of Knowledge
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With all the talk of teaching towards the achievement of competency and ...

With all the talk of teaching towards the achievement of competency and skills in the wake of outcomes-based education in South Africa, it is easy to forget that these should not be taught in a vacuum, or to the exclusion of other forms of knowledge. In addition to knowing 'how to' do something, we also need to 'know that' (content knowledge) and know how to form a judgement about issues (values and dispositions). In this article, Mark Mason, one of the authors of this module, argues that it is vital to integrate all three forms of knowledge -- propositional knowledge ('knowing that'), procedural knowledge ('knowing how'), and dispositional knowledge (knowing what our purpose is and whether it is good).

Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Mason, Mark
Household Food Security. Module 2- Participatory Extension for Household Food Security
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This unit we focus on household food security and what the effect ...

This unit we focus on household food security and what the effect of food insecurity will be on households. These days the concepts nutrition, nutrition security, livelihoods and household livelihood security are also used when the bigger picture of household food security is discussed.

Subject:
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
FM Ferreira
Ace Maths Unit 2: Developing Understanding in Mathematics (Word)
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In this unit, the theoretical basis for teaching mathematics ې constructivism ې ...

In this unit, the theoretical basis for teaching mathematics ې constructivism ې is explored. Varieties of teaching strategies based on constructivist understandings of how learning best takes place are described

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Textbook
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OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Learners and Learning: Section 2, Learning to know what we dont know
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Section Two begins to focus on how we learn in greater detail. ...

Section Two begins to focus on how we learn in greater detail. In particular, it explores the following question: How is it possible for those who do not know something to come to know it?How do we, as teachers, enable learners to learn by moving them from the known to the unknown. We tackle this question by exploring the ways in which human minds: construct connections between ideas; use what is known to understand new and unknown things; are challenged to change old misunderstandings by new and contradictory understandings.

Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OER Africa
South African Institute for Distance Education
Author:
Bradbury, Jil
Gultig, John
Moll, Ian
Tshule, Maggie
Van Voore, Merlyn, Slonimsky, Lynne
Winkler, Gisela