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ERIC Number: EJ799555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Didactics Tradition in South Africa: A Reply to Richard Kruger
Le Grange, Lesley
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v40 n3 p399-407 Jun 2008
There has been a growing interest in the European "Didaktik" tradition as part of a process of "internationalizing" curriculum studies. Kruger provides useful insights into some aspects of "Didaktiek" in South Africa. However, the essay does not contextualize this tradition within the broader history of South African education. This reply contends that "Didaktiek" was interwoven with "fundamental pedagogics" and as a consequence played a role in reproducing apartheid ideology--it did not provide a language of critique or possibility. This is one reason why the tradition has seen its demise in post-apartheid South Africa. I argue that curriculum theory, which crucially deals with the relationship between schooling and society and highlights the socially constructed nature of schooling, offers a more useful alternative for critiquing apartheid education policy and for charting a process of transformation of education in South Africa. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa