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ERIC Number: EJ910292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Professional Development during a Period of Change: A Small-Scale Case Study Exploring the Effect of Context on Practice in a South African Rural School
Bryan, Chris
Professional Development in Education, v37 n1 p131-141 Feb 2011
Education in post-apartheid South Africa has undergone considerable change in recent years and is seen as providing the key to reform and social transformation. However, despite many government policies designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning, education continues to present challenges, particularly within the area of professional development. This small-scale case study sets out to explore how context affects practice in a senior primary school in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Data collection was by semi-structured interview of the principal and teachers, classroom observation and learner diaries. The findings suggest that within this semi-rural school, historical and socio-economic factors significantly influence professional practice. It is proposed that professional development should be a process of personal growth requiring pedagogical understanding within a contextual framework of the individual, the school and society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa