ERIC Number: EJ848558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Lessons from a Mathematics and Science Intervention Programme in Tshwane Township Schools
Fricke, I.; Horak, E.; Meyer, L.; van Lingen, N.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n1 p64-77 2008
International benchmark studies confirm that school mathematics and science education in South Africa is weak and suffers from systemic problems. The Teacher Mentorship Programme (TMP) based at the Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering of the University of Pretoria was borne out of lessons learnt from ongoing outreach and awareness creation projects and recent research findings. The most cost effective and sustainable support for maths and science learners can be achieved by mentoring their teachers in their work environment using experienced teachers as mentors. A pre-pilot implementation was launched in 2003 and a pilot project at five schools in Greater Pretoria (Tshwane) was implemented in 2004. This article describes the rationale behind the mentorship intervention programme, reports on the implementation strategies and makes recommendations based on the lessons learned during this implementation. A review of relevant literature supports the strategies employed.
Descriptors: Mentors, Intervention, Pilot Projects, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Work Environment, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, College Faculty, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Workshops, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa