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ERIC Number: EJ951521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
South African Rural Teachers' Reflections on Their Problems of Practice: Taking Modest Steps in Professional Development
Bansilal, Sarah; Rosenberg, Thelma
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v23 n2 p107-127 Jun 2011
This article reports on a study that was conducted with 41 rural teachers drawn from a larger sample of 691 teachers who were enrolled for an in-service programme at a South African university. As part of the assessment of a research component of the programme, teachers were asked to report on how they designed and carried out an intervention to deal with a problem of practice. The purpose of this study was to examine how the teachers framed their problems of practice in their unique teaching contexts and to examine the strategies they selected in attempts to resolve identified problems of practice. Data for the study was generated from the teachers' research reports on their teaching intervention, together with relevant lesson plans, daily reflections written in a reflective journal, and copies of completed and assessed learners' work. It was found that despite the many constraints under which these teachers worked, there was evidence in the written reflections of teachers taking modest steps towards their own professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa