Josef de Beer

Josef de Beer
North-West University | NWU · School for Natural Sciences and Technology for Education

PhD

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Skills and Expertise
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January 2006 - March 2015
University of Johannesburg
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Publications (81)
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This book aims to contribute to the discourse of learning through assessment within a self-directed learning environment. It adds to the scholarship of assessment and self-directed learning within a face-to-face and online learning environment. As part of the NWU Self-Directed Learning Book Series, this book is devoted to scholarship in the field o...
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This book stems from a longitudinal research project (2016–2018) that was funded by the National Research Foundation and the Fuchs Foundation, and it disseminates original research. The project researched the affordances of indigenous knowledge in the school science, technology and mathematics curricula. Short learning programmes were offered to te...
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This paper examines student teachers’ perceptions of their professional development while engaging in work-integrated learning at a teaching school in South Africa. Teacher educators often assume that practical aspects of pre-service education will be dealt with when student teachers are attached to schools for several weeks. However, the literatur...
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Science education often fails to address the actual range of adolescents' interests. One such interest is music. Research shows that young people devote large amounts of time and money to music. By tapping into students' interest in music, affective outcomes can be achieved in the biology classroom. This article describes a project-based learning a...
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Classroom action research (CAR) represents a midpoint between teacher reflection at one end and traditional educational research at the other. CAR is a process in which a teacher identifies problems in the context of his or her own classroom and then engages in investigative methods to address the problems. Teachers sometimes shy away from CAR, due...
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A perennial problem facing South African science education is how to better contextualize curriculum content to a diverse student population. South Africa, who is often dubbed the ‘rainbow nation’ because of its racial and cultural diversity, also has to deal with a large spectrum of students in terms of socio-economic status. In especially rural p...
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Contents: The teacher as a reflective practitioner The teacher as a caring professional The teacher as an educational theorist The teacher as curriculum interpreter, designer and implementer The teacher as assessor
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Teachers often wonder how best to teach the myriad of social and ethical issues that are encompassed in the biology curriculum. One can just think of issues such as genetic engineering, evolution (and the continuous evolution-creationism debate), research ethics (the haunting book The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks comes to mind), human populatio...
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Finland word dikwels gesien as die ‘goudstandaard‘ in natuurwetenskaponderwys, danksy die land se uitmuntende prestasie in internasionale toetse soos die program vir internasionale studentassessering (PISA) en tendense in internasionale wiskunde- en natuurwetenskapstudie (TIMSS). Daarteenoor laat Suid-Afrika se prestasie in TIMSS veel te wense oor....
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This article describes a problem-based, cooperative learning activity, where students investigate the role of ethylene in flower senescence. The cooperative learning activity is contextualized in an authentic problem experienced in the cut flower industry: how can the shelf life of cut flowers be prolonged? We describe the procedure for conducting...
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Hierdie artikel toon, aan die hand van vier voorbeelde, aan dat die houers van inheemse kennis per definisie selfgerigte leerders was en is, en dat hulle die inisiatief neem, met of sonder die hulp van ander, vir die identifisering van hulle leerbehoeftes en leerdoelwitte, die identifisering van hulpmiddels vir leer, die kies en implementering van...
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This article provides ideas for a laboratory investigation into the role of the plant hormone ethylene in seed germination. The role of ethylene is explored from various perspectives, namely from an indigenous knowledge perspective, but also from a botany and economic angle. This article shows how students could test indigenous knowledge claims rel...
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LOCAL TO GLOBAL: TEACHING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND PROMOTING CITIZEN SCIENCE IN THE BIOLOGY CLASSROOM
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In recent years there have been many scholars advocating for the inclusion of indigenous knowledge in the Life Sciences curriculum and classroom. In order to successfully convey indigenous knowledge information to both learners and teachers, unique and novel science communication approaches need to be considered and developed. Nowadays there is a s...
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This paper reports on a qualitative enquiry into the affordances of case-based teaching for the professional learning of student-teachers. The context is a first-year foundational course in a four-year undergraduate teacher education programme, offered by an urban university in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a student enrolment of close to 700 st...
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This book will benefit specialists in the field of the education sciences. It represents significant progress in knowledge production. Self-directed learning has become increasingly important, not only for education in South Africa but also for education sciences in the international arena. This is a result of the changing education landscape, caus...
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This publication contains original research targeting scientific specialists in the field of education. Not only is the disposition of its research endeavours grounded on a philosophical basis, it is also embedded in the empirical. The research methodology of each chapter emanates from applicable philosophical assumptions in the form of an applicab...
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Science teachers in South Africa and globally experience difficulties with the integration of indigenous knowledge into their science lessons—a requirement of many science curricula. One of the reasons for this may relate to the views teachers hold about indigenous knowledge. Such views can form a barrier against successful inclusion of indigenous...
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With evolutionary biology relatively recently introduced into the South African school curriculum, the need arose to explore practising teachers' knowledge of the subject. A number of anticipated as well as unanticipated cognitive and affective barriers to the understanding of evolutionary biology were identified from a questionnaire with open-ende...
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Hierdie artikel bied ’n teoretiese besinning oor die insluiting van inheemse kennis in die wetenskapklaskamer deur van derdegenerasie-kultuurhistoriese aktiwiteitsteorie (KHAT), soos deur Engeström gekonseptualiseer, as lens gebruik te maak. Die betoog is dat die leerder die natuurwetenskapklaskamer binnekom met inheemse kennis. Deur bedag te wees...
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Effective teachers are reflective practitioners and lifelong learners, and take charge of their own personal and professional development. With this overarching principle, and drawing on research in psychology, educational theory, teaching methodology and social justice, Becoming a teacher describes the skills and knowledge teachers require, includ...
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Professional development interventions in South Africa do not always address teachers’ needs or necessarily result in better realisation of outcomes in science. South African teachers’ learning of science and their emerging science pedagogy need urgent attention and this issue can be addressed through focused continuing professional teacher develop...
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Hierdie artikel werp lig op twee vermiste skakels wat daartoe lei dat die welstand van leerders en ’n waardering vir ’n meer holistiese siening van gesondheidsorg nie voldoende aandag kry in die kurrikula vir natuurwetenskappe op skool nie. Eerstens word gesondheidsorg in die kurrikula vir natuurwetenskappe (Senior Fase) en lewenswetenskappe (Verde...
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Teacher education institutions are often criticized as being distant from practice and ineffective in preparing student-teachers for the demands of the profession. This paper reports on a research project conducted to explore student’s views of their pedagogical content development during an authentic and extended teaching intervention. In this res...
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In hierdie artikel skryf die outeurs oor navorsing wat hulle gedoen het oor onderwysers se siening van die onderrig van evolusie, wat in 2008 as ’n tema in lewenswetenskappe in Suid- Afrikaanse skole ingesluit is. Hierdie vernuwing in die kurrikulum is met gemengde reaksies begroet. Terwyl sommige onderwysers dit met entoesiasme onderrig, is baie g...
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Hierdie artikel beskryf onderwysstudente se deelname aan simulasiespele tydens ’n ekskursie. Daar word gekyk na hoe die Verenigde Nasies se agt millennium-ontwikkelingsdoelwitte betrek kan word in die opleidingskurrikulum vir onderwysers. In die besonder word daar gefokus op aktiwiteite wat gerig is om voornemende onderwysers meer sensitief te maak...
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Recent research has identified a karrikin (a butcnolide derative) known as 3-methyl-2H-furo[2,3-c]pyran-2-one, formed from burning cellulose, that stimulates seed germination. Here, I present ideas on how to investigate the influence of karrikins on seed germination in the laboratory.
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A broad overview of published and unpublished ethnobotanical surveys in the Cape Floristic Region (the traditional home of the San and Khoi communities) shows that the data is incomplete. There is an urgent need to record the rich indigenous knowledge about plants in a systematic and social responsible manner in order to preserve this cultural and...
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Alhoewel die lewenswetenskappe-kurrikulum vereis dat inheemse kennisstrukture in die klaskamer aangespreek moet word, word dit óf baie oppervlakkig gedoen deur middel van ’n voorbeeld of twee, óf dit is totaal afwesig. Hierdie gemengde-metode ondersoek (met die klem op die kwalitatiewe data) na die stand van inheemse kennis in die lewenswetenskappe...
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South Africadoes not produce enough scientists to cater for the developmental needs and economic growth of the country. Learners perform relatively poor in national and international assessments because many teachers do not possess the requisite pedagogical content knowledge and skills to confront the ongoing curriculum change. The ethnographic stu...
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This paper addresses the question: What is the value of an educational excursion for first year students enrolled in a 4 year pre-service professional teacher education degree at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa? The excursion is an integral part of a first year module that focuses on the personal and professional development of teach...
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This paper addresses the question: “How can eclectic, heterogeneous communities of practice support the development of science teachers at selected schools in Gauteng? The aim of this research study is to establish a community of practice within each of the eighteen schools of this longitudinal, systemic project, and to later extend it to the rest...
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The use of a rapid appraisal methodology, followed by a new approach that we refer to as the Matrix Method, has revealed a wealth of traditional knowledge on useful plants amongst people of Khoi–San decent in the Agter–Hantam, Calvinia district, Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The data include 14 new species records of useful plants; 20 new...
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The article describes the use of a simulation game in HIV/AIDS education with pre-service teachers in Johannesburg, South Africa. The use of a simulation game, as novel experiential pedagogy, was an attempt to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and to demonstrate that anyone can be at risk of HIV infection. Using a generic qualitative research desi...
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In this paper, we report on the experiences of three 9th-grade South African students (13–14years) in doing open science investigation projects for a science expo. A particular focus of this study was the manner in which these students merge the world of school science with their social world to create a hybrid space by appropriating knowledge and...
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On the basis of an ethnobotanical survey that we conducted on plant use by descendents of the Khoi-San people in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa, we introduce biology teachers to an adapted rapid-appraisal methodology that can be followed in the life sciences classroom. Such a project addresses a number of the content standards in the Na...
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This article describes student engagement in simulation games in a field trip retreat for first-year Education students. The authors propose that the methodology can be a useful vehicle to address key social elements of pre-service teachers' professional learning. They explore a theoretical view of such collaborative learning from the neo-Vygotskia...
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Becoming a teacher was written to help you answer the question as a first-year Education student. Inspirational and relevant, it provides a solid foundation to understanding educational theory and what it is to be a teacher. This book is practical and focused, covering the core knowledge and skills that you will need to work within a curriculum, to...
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Fourteen years into post-apartheid South Africa, learning institutions are still facing the challenge of ensuring access to and success in education for all. Institutions for higher learning have experienced a number of mergers, and this article reflects on the surprising patterns of student performance in a case where one of the campuses of a hist...
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This article gives a glimpse of the lifeworld of newly qualified teachers as they are introduced to the workplace. The inquiry that is reported was conducted on the premise that new teachers are especially vulnerable to attrition pressures. A case study research design was used to study a group often new1 teachers in a single school environment. Co...
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Using the syllabus theme Insecta, strategies for implementing a holistic approach to teaching biology is described. This approach relies largely on self-activity, self-discovery, differentiation, and intrinsic motivation on the part of the student to enhance their learning experiences. (ZWH)
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Proefskrif (M.Ed.)--Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, 1990.

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My research investigates the affordances of integrating Khoi-San people’s indigenous knowledge into local STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, mathematics) classrooms in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, in an attempt to indigenise the curriculum and build knowledge partnerships between communities and schools.