ERIC Number: ED460058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
South African Educational Transformation and Sustainable Development: Insights into Educational Reform from Remote Area Schools in QwaQwa.
Napier, Diane Brook; Napier, John D.; Lebeta, Vincent T.
This paper reports on the second phase of multiple-year research in the Phuthaditjhaba schools of QwaQwa, South Africa, which is studying implementation issues related to educational transformation. Investigated was the extent to which educational reforms in these schools address language rights as human rights, reduce backlogs, and promote democratic schooling; whether educational transformation enhances social harmony; and whether sustainable development is assisted by educational reform. In phase one in two contrasting schools, key issues emerged related to language/instructional medium, school ethos, administrator ideology, school-community relations, and marked differences in penetration of democratic reforms. The current phase extends the study to include other primary schools in Phuthaditjhaba. Findings include developments at the phase one schools, and insights into democratized education in the larger set of schools such as in language/instructional medium issues, teacher perceptions of outcomes based education (OBE) training and their own needs, and what is needed for sustainable development through improved education. Considered is how development issues in these schools provide insight into the overall national process of transforming education and how sustainable development demands are shaped by local contextual factors. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa