ERIC Number: EJ1107302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
South African Teachers Caught between Nation Building and Global Demands: Is There a Way Out/Forward?
Bantwini, Bongani D.; Letseka, Moeketsi
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v52 n4 p329-345 2016
In this article, we explore the impact of the nation-building and global demands on teachers' work and how they survive the pressure of, and reconcile, these various demands that impact their work. We draw on two separate data sets that emerged from studies undertaken in the Eastern Cape Province (EC), South Africa. Findings reveal a rift between the nation-building and global mandates. Most intended changes assumed that teachers are ready and prepared for whatever changes that are introduced. Consequently, teachers are in a constant struggle to come to terms with them, thus resulting in slow implementation or the nonimplementation of reforms in classrooms. We argue that recognition and acknowledgment of existing realities, classroom cultures, and implementation requirements or support should be the first step in improving education. Also, a strong visionary leadership becomes pivotal to achieve the desired reform success. Additionally, policy development and programs need to recognize the country's history and the murky terrain that still has to be navigated to ensure successful curriculum reform implementation.
Descriptors: Nationalism, Global Approach, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, History, Instructional Leadership, Classroom Environment, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Semi Structured Interviews, Statistical Analysis, Observation, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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