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ERIC Number: EJ1163652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1814-6627
A Review of Challenges in South African Education and Possible Ways to Improve Educational Outcome as Suggested by Decades of Research
Maarman, Gerald J.; Lamont-Mbawuli, Kim
Africa Education Review, v14 n3-4 p263-289 2017
Despite many positive developments in South Africa (SA), the education system and educational outcome face many challenges and require further improvement. This is reflected by elevated school dropout rates and suboptimal annual pass rates in various grades (Grades 7-12). Over the years, a plethora of studies has identified methods through which academic performance/educational outcome can be improved. However, from a practical point of view it might be difficult to implement these methods in for example a classroom or school, particularly because these methods are mainly discovered upon thorough online literature searches, and therefore published methods to improve educational outcomes are not always within reach of schools or teachers. Our aim is thus to provide a review paper that contains a collation and overview of the possible methods that can be used by various education stakeholders in order to contribute to better educational outcome. Essentially, we are attempting to answer the questions, "What does decades of research tell us about possible ways in which educational outcome can be improved in SA? Can we use these methods in the classroom or school?" This review therefore demonstrates (1) various ways education stakeholders/influencers (teachers, learners, parents, government, non-governmental organisations and school governing bodies) can contribute to improved educational outcome, and (2) provides a useful overview of these methods that can be used within or without the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Fogarty International Center
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1D43TW00833001A1