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ERIC Number: EJ826976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Developing Teachers for Rural Education? Reflecting on the 2nd KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education Teacher Development Conference
Chikoko, Vitallis
Perspectives in Education, v26 n4 p74-85 Dec 2008
This article reflects on six key themes that emerged from a teacher development conference whose theme was "Developing Teachers for Rural Education". The six themes are the concept "rural" in the South African context; the notion of "rural education"; beyond access, towards success; the practitioner-academic dichotomy; partnership in teacher professional development; and the teacher as leader of learning. A multimethod data collection approach involving notes on conference proceedings, conference and session evaluation reports, informal discussions with delegates and analysis of some conference papers was used. The article argues that "rurality" is a multifaceted term deserving to be deeply and contextually understood. The article challenges the notion of "rural education" and advocates "education in rural settings" instead. It encourages greater efforts towards achieving learner success in education. The article explores the polarisation between the researcher and the classroom practitioner as well as partnership in teacher development. It concludes that successful teacher professional development revolves around positioning the teacher as leader of learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa