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ERIC Number: EJ815176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
The Interpretation and Implementation of Reform: A Case of Simon
Muofhe, Lillian T.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n4 p417-432 Oct 2008
This article is a study of a South African teacher educator's interpretations and approaches to implementing a constructivist approach to teaching. It examines his beliefs about teaching physical science to prospective teachers as it relates to his aligning his teaching with the new reform: outcomes-based education. The goals of the reform include emphasis on cooperative learning, a student-centered approach, and focus on teaching for conceptual understanding. Through observations, interviews, and documents (assignments for students, graded group assignments, and course outlines), I examined this teacher educator's interpretations and approaches to implementing constructivist curriculum and his understanding of the reform. The findings show that without confronting teachers' beliefs about teaching and learning, providing clear meaning of reforms, and facilitating in-depth professional development, the interpretation and implementation of reforms will be hindered. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa