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ERIC Number: EJ1134908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0256-0100
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Teacher Knowing or Not Knowing about Students
Amin, Nyna; Vithal, Renuka
South African Journal of Education, v35 n3 Article 1078 Aug 2015
Based on a critical ethnography of an urban high school that exemplifies the many changes of post-apartheid South Africa, this paper presents data about two teachers who propose opposing perspectives and practices of knowing students. The analysis of the teachers' narratives shows that they came to know their students through solicited, unsolicited and professional knowing processes. A surprise finding for successful teaching, in what may be considered difficult yet not uncommon conditions of schooling in South Africa, is that knowing about students can be dangerous, and that "not" knowing students can be useful for teachers. These counter-intuitive findings are generative of questions requiring further exploration.
Education Association of South Africa. University of Pretoria, Centre for the Study of Resilience, Level 3, Groenkloof Student Centre, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, George Storrar Road and Lleyds Street, Pretoria 0001, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-5798; Fax: +27-12-420-5511; Web site: http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/index
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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