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SMATE UNIT (Science, Mathematics &Technology Education)

Paul Webb is a distinguished professor of science education. His research interests are in the fields of the understanding of the nature of science, classroom discussion, teaching science in disadvantaged schools and, currently, in developing new insights into the notion of scientific literacy.

 

PAPERS

Britz, W. & Webb, P. (2015).The effect of an intervention using GIS-generated geo-spatial data on the promotion of spatial cognition and spatial perspective taking in grade 11 learners. South African Geographical Journal, doi.org/10.1080/03736245.2014.977815

Boschmans, S-A., & Webb, P. (2014). Evaluating the relationship between student achievement in Pharmacology with general health vocabulary: South African Pharmacy School case study. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(6), 1-6. DOI: 10.5688/ajpe786122

Linder, A., Airey, J., Mayaba, N, & Webb, P. (2014). Fostering disciplinary literacy? South African physics lecturers' educational response to their students' lack of representational competence. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18(3), 242-252.

Webb, L., & Webb, P. (2013). Teaching strategies in language-diverse mathematics classes: A case study. Educational Research for Social Change, 2(2), 31-42.

Webb, P. (2013). Xhosa indigenous knowledge: Stakeholder awareness, value and choice. International Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 11, 89-110.

Mayaba, N, Otterup, T. & Webb, P. (2013). Writing in science classrooms: A case study in South African and Swedish second-language classrooms. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 17(1-2), 74-82.

Tanui, J., Webb, P. & Muriuki, J. (2013). Indigenous knowledge in the management of the Nandi Hills forests, Kenya. African Journal of Sustainable Development, 3(1), 59-71.

Du Plessis, A., & Webb, P. (2012). Digital immigrant teacher perceptions of an extended Cyberhunt strategy. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(2), 341-363.

Du Plessis, & Webb, (2012). A teacher proposed heuristic for ICT professional teacher development and implementation in the South African context. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 11(4), 46-55.

Sepeng, P., & Webb, P. (2012). Exploring mathematical discussion in word problem-solving. Pythagoras, 33(1), 1-8.

Meiring, L., & Webb, P. (2012). The effect of toys as educative material on pre-service education students’ understanding of energy. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 16(1), 100-111

Du Plessis, A., & Webb, P. (2012). Teachers’ perceptions about their own and their schools’ readiness for computer implementation: A South African case study. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 11(3), 312-325.

Du Plessis, A., & Webb, P. (2011). An extended Cyberhunts strategy: Learner centred learning-by-design. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(7), 1190-1207.

Austin, P., Carbone, E., & Webb, P. (2011). Issues that hamper prospective primary school teachers’ attempts to pose acceptable word problems on the addition of fractions: Some insights from South Africa and the United States of America. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15(2), 60-70.

Du Plessis, A. & Webb, P. (2011). An extended 'learning by design' framework based on learner perceptions. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15(2), 16-29.

Webb, P. (2010). Science education and literacy: Imperatives for the developed and developing world. Science, 328(5977), 448 – 450.

Webb, P. & Mayaba, N. (2010). The effect of an integrated strategies approach to promoting scientific literacy on grade 6 and 7 learner’s general literacy skills. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 14(3), 35-50.

Webb, P. & Gripper, A. (2010). Developing teacher self-efficacy via a formal HIV/AIDS intervention. Social Aspects of HIV/Aids Research Alliance, 7(2), 70-77.

 

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Papu, K., Webb, P. & Scheckle, E. (2015). Investigating the use of argumentation to promote critical thinking in first year mechanical engineering laboratory report writing. 3rd Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE). Durban, South Africa, 57-58.

Webb, P. (2014). Promoting scientific literacy in its fundamental sense: Talking, planning and writing up a scientific investigation. Science and Technology Education for the 21st Century. 9th IOSTE Symposium for Central and Eastern Europe. Hradec Kyralove, Czech Republic, 69-77.

Webb, P. (2014). Exploratory talk and problem solving in science. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual SAARMSTE Conference. Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Du Plessis, A. & Webb, P. (2012). A heuristic for higher level student cognitive thinking and questioning through collaborative student designed wiki-based cyberhunts. 7th international Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Transformations through Science, Mathematics and Technology Education: Towards an Innovative and Sustainable Society. Muscat, Oman, 254-268.

Webb, P. (2012). Promoting scientific literacy: what are the possibilities? Science and Technology Education for Development, Citizenship and Social Justice. IOSTE 15 Symposium, Hammamet, Tunisia, 19pp. (Keynote)

Du Plessis, A. & Webb, P. (2012). Proposed ICT implementation heuristic for schools in disadvantaged contexts: An African perspective from South Africa. Science and Technology Education for Development, Citizenship and Social Justice. IOSTE 15 Symposium, Hammamet, Tunisia, 20pp.

Webb, P. (2011). Bridging the gap between Science, Technology and IKS: Towards a shared epistemology. Third International Conference on the integration of Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The melting Pot: Science and IKS. Cape Town, South Africa, 32-45. (Keynote)

Austin, P. & Webb, P. (2011). Using a values-based approach to promote self-efficacy in mathematics education. Proceedings of the 11th Mathematics Education into the 21st Century International Conference, Turning Dreams into Reality. Grahamstown, South Africa, 22-27.

Webb, L; Webb, P, & Foster, L. (2011). Multilingual mathematics teachers’ voices: conflicting perspectives of power, identity, access and language choice. Proceedings of the ICMI Study 21 Conference: Mathematics Education and Language Diversity. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 438-446.

Webb, P, & Webb, L. (2011). The introduction of exploratory talk to multilingual mathematics teachers through experiential learning. Proceedings of the ICMI Study 21 Conference: Mathematics Education and Language Diversity. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 447 -455.

Villanueva, MG. & Webb, P. (2011). The theoretical basis and the cognitive, linguistic and pedagogical advantages of code switching in multilingual classrooms of South Africa to address the three-language problem (home, school and science). Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Orlando, United States of America. 114.

Webb, L. & Webb, P. (2011). Strategies to promote the introduction of dialogic teaching in multilingual mathematics classes. Episteme 4: An international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education. Homi Baba Centre for Science Education, Mumbai: India. 202-206.

Kurup, R. & Webb, P. (2011). Does the classroom practice of science teachers reflect their conceptions regarding the nature of science? Episteme 4: international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education. Homi Baba Centre for Science Education, Mumbai: India. 53-57.

Webb, P. & Villanueva, M.G. (2010). A science and literacy approach towards greater inclusivity. Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE) for Girls/Primary Connections Workshop. South African  Academy of Science, Pretoria, South Africa. 21-23

Du Plessis, A. & Webb, P. (2010). The CRAR3FS2 framework for developing teachers’ ICT skills for Science Education through Cyberhunts. Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education, IOSTE 14 Symposium, Bled, Slovenia. 361-371.

Villanueva, M. & Webb, P. (2010). A South African perspective for improving learners’ scientific literacy. Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education, IOSTE 14 Symposium, Bled, Slovenia. 1528-1529

Olander, C., Lassbo, G., & Webb, P. (2010). Developing strategies for promoting scientific literacy. Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education, International Organisation for Science and Technology Education, IOSTE 15 Symposium, Bled, Slovenia. 1439-1441.

Contact information
Prof Paul Webb
Acting Dean: Faculty of Education
Tel: 27 41 504 2565
paul.webb@mandela.ac.za