ERIC Number: EJ852743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
A Researcher's Experience in Navigating the Murky Terrain of Doing Research in South Africa's Transforming Schools
Bantwini, Bongani D.
Perspectives in Education, v27 n1 p30-39 Mar 2009
This paper evolved from my perception of an "unpleasant attitude" shown by primary school teachers towards research in general and my inquiry in particular during a study conducted in selected schools in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa. Teachers' negative attitudes led to their refusal to participate in a survey and the subsequent withdrawal of certain teachers from the research after initial agreement. The teachers' reluctance to participate was explored in interviews. The findings indicate that the teachers' refusal to participate was due to fears concerning the limitations of their knowledge about the issues investigated and their own misguided notions of research. In this paper I discuss the implications for school research in the South African context. I also propose strategies to improve teachers' understanding of research and encourage their cooperation in research projects in schools in future.
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Teachers, Elementary Education, Surveys, Interviews, Research Projects, Perception
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa