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ERIC Number: EJ965787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Teacher Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Navigating a Way through Competing State and Global Imperatives for Change
Schafer, Marc; Wilmot, Di
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v42 n1 p41-54 Mar 2012
This article focuses on teacher education in post-apartheid South Africa. It argues that the restructuring and reorganization of teacher education is at the nexus of the axes of tension created by national and global imperatives for change. Along with the dismantling of apartheid and the transition to a free and democratic state in 1994 came the urgent need for social reconstruction, democratization, redress, social justice, and equity. At the same time, and as part of a global context, the country needed global competitiveness, human capital development, global skills, international standards, and accountability. These competing modernist discourses have informed the design and orientation of the National Qualifications Framework and national curriculum that took place in parallel with, and simultaneous to, the restructuring and reform of teacher education. This article reviews literature pertinent to understanding the post-apartheid transformation in South African education in general and teacher education in particular. It concludes that policy makers have managed to navigate a way through the axis of tension created by opposed orientations to transformation. A more equitable and improved system of teacher education has been achieved but critical issues of teacher quality and quantity have emerged which urgently need resolution.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa