Research partnership between South Africa and China: Emergent literacy teaching and learning in early childhood education in South Africa

Norma Nel, Soezin Krog, Kesh Mohangi, Helene Muller, Oluyemi Stephens

Abstract


Due to concern about the literacy situation in South Africa (schools being near the bottom of the international systemic measures of performance in literacy), and the important role that literacy plays in China, the researchers of both countries embarked on a collaborative research project. The overall aim is to explore the literacy perceptions and classroom practices of teachers in primary schools in both countries. In this article, the second of a series, the researchers explored Grade R teachers’ attitudes towards reading literacy in primary schools and what the reading-literacy teaching practices are that they employ, with particular emphasis on reading comprehension. The expected outcome was to provide an overview of the literacy situation in Grade R in South Africa as a precursor for the next phase of the project. An exploratory, mixed methods design was employed of which the quantitative part is reported in this article. Grade R teachers were selected from ten schools which had Grade R classrooms in two cities in Gauteng Province and one city in Mpumalanga Province. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires. The statistical analyses were conducted using the SAS/STATS module of the Statistical Software System (SAS), version 9.4 statistical package. The findings are presented as part of the overview.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/32-1-647

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