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Beliefs that manifest through newspaper items in relation to peoples’ life challenges and their potential to enhance a sustainable learning environment in school science

Thapelo L. Mamiala
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 9, No 3 | a199 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v9i3.199 | © 2013 Thapelo L. Mamiala | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 March 2016 | Published: 30 December 2013

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Thapelo L. Mamiala, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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The paper documents beliefs that manifest themselves through newspaper items and elaborates on their potential to enhance a sustainable learning environment in a school science lesson. “Learning environment” is depicted from different angles and includes virtual and real learning environments, school environments and classroom environments. Descriptive and item analyses were conducted on sixty-eight newspaper items that were identified. The nature of problems and prescriptions/solutions was categorised for each item and the paper further provides elaboration on the types of problems and recommended solutions. The results show that the “believed” structure contents in their newspaper items to catch the attention of the “believer”. Lessons on the power of belief must be learnt by school science teachers if they are to succeed in creating a sustainable learning environment with improved performance in school science.


belief; belief models; teaching; explanations


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